DISD STAAR 2013 EOC District-wide Results

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Persona non grata
Persona non grata

"Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids)"

"The lie is that schemes like Teach For America, charter schools backed by venture capitalists, education management organizations (EMOs), and Broad Foundation-prepared superintendents address black parents concerns about the quality of public schools for their children. These schemes are not designed to cure what ails under-performing schools. They are designed to shift tax dollars away from schools serving black and poor students; displace authentic black educational leadership; and erode national commitment to the ideal of public education."

"The answer is this: Whether they are solidly middle- or upper-income or poor, neither group of blacks controls the critical economic levers shaping school reform. And, this is because urban school reform is not about schools or reform. It is about land development."

"Local control of public schools (through elected school boards) is supposed to empower parents and community residents. This rarely happens in school districts serving black and poor students. Too often people intent on exploiting schools for their own personal gain short circuit the work of deep and lasting school and community uplift. Mayoral control, Teach for America, education management organizations and venture capital-funded charter schools have not garnered much grassroots support or enthusiasm among lower- and middle-income black parents whose children attend urban schools because these parents often view these schemes as uninformed by their community and disconnected from the best interest of their children."

"As the nation's inner cities are dotted with coffee shop chains, boutique furniture stores, and the skyline changes from public housing to high-rise condominium buildings, listen to the refrain about school reform sung by some intimidated elected officials and submissive superintendents. That refrain is really about exporting the urban poor, reclaiming inner city land, and using schools to recalculate urban land value. This kind of school reform is not about children, it's about the business elite gaining access to the nearly $600 billion that supports the nation's public schools. It's about money."


Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

Mike Miles wasn't here one year ago.  All of the principals and teachers that bloggers lament have fleed for the  exits due to Mike Miles' actions were.

Let's look closely at those 2011-2012 scores.  Where was the academic magic then? 

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Enough is Enough Miles promised that all of his spending and classroom reforms were going to result in big academic gains.

Well, he was certainly wrong.  His "reforms" and his drunken-sailor spending of tax dollars netted a big nothing.

E Kim Selim
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@Enough is Enough  OK compare them.  The STATE and DALLAS dropped within plus or minus 1 percentage point of each other on all 5 freshman tests, well within the margin of error.  Neither the State nor DISD can claim any gains. There was no magic in the state nor Dallas.  Nobody has made the transition from low rigor TAKS but unfortunately this will be interpreted as disruption doesn't hurt.

What strange logic you have. If a person is sick and Dr Floyd treats the illness and that person is still sick after one year it must be the patients fault. My logic is it is an epidemic and nobody knows what to do but some quacks will lie and make money anyway and they will step over the carcases.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

"How cookie-cutter school reforms cement class, race divisions"

By Valerie Strauss, Published: JUNE 10, 9:00 AM ET

"Cookie-cutter school reforms cement class and race divisions and hide the black genius in our backyards."

"The franchise approach to urban school reform raises some uncomfortable questions about class, race and community. It is creating two permanent tracks of schooling: one for the wealthy and one for the black and brown, and poor. It also raises questions about what public schools should be for poor and black children. Are they organic, self-sustaining parts of the urban fabric? Are they charities? Are they for-profit companies?"

"Charter chains and Teach For America have important roles to play, but at a certain point we have to start thinking of public education less as a charitable enterprise or for-profit business and more of a core value in our communities. Schools should begin by building on what assets the community values and what their goals are for their children’s future, not what the franchise decides are best practices. Schools should be part of the ecosystem of a community, one that replenishes itself and stands on its own feet. The conversation has to shift away from recruiting the nation’s best charter operators, and instead recruiting, nurturing and retaining the next generation of Harriett Balls."


Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

This is the kind of drivel we get here in Dallas from our only newspaper:

"Regrettably, Gov. Rick Perry on Monday signed into law HB 5, the centerpiece education bill from the Legislature’s regular session. The measure reduces the number of end-of-course exams that high school students must take from 15 to five. It risks making it easier for students to graduate without challenging math, science and English courses."


Regrettably?  What's up with that?  Does this editorial board truly think that they know better than all of our elected representatives, who responded to the voice of the people?  The public has been fed up with the abusive testing of our children, and we let our legislators know this, loud and clear.  And yet, Belo Expectations, in all their collective wisdom, now chastises the legislature and the public for putting an end to the abuse.

The graduation standards are still high.  The classes will still be challenging, for they do not need to have a state mandated EOC in order to be rigorous.  Having a state test in that class may actually LESSEN the degree of difficulty of a class due to all the focus on the test, and not on truly learning the subject matter. The complaint for years has been that the tests actually NARROW the curriculum and decrease the rigor. 

When the DMN learn to look at the research readily available and see the disastrous results of all this testing madness for our children and their education? They are 10-15 years behind in their thinking and their opinions. They need some cutting edge, or at least some well-educated, folks in their editorial department.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

Sorry, last paragraph, "when WILL the DMN learn to look at the research"

Typing too fast due to frustration with Belo Expectations.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

E Kim Selim made another great point in an earlier post, stating that "after two years and the signing of SB 5 into law today, DISD is 26,590 exams short of students graduating based on the new SB 5 exams."

Just how exactly is that going to work out with Royce West and Mike Morath's plan to let students (in DISD only) graduate from high school in 3 years?  It seems that perhaps there will be many students spending that 4th year retaking the EOC's until they pass so that they will be able graduate at all.  Maybe THAT is the real agenda.

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

I fear the middle school ACPs will also be horrible. My educationally (translated: test wise) advanced students are just painting in the circles on the ACPs. They have already checked out!

A is for Abigail
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Also, keep in mind that these EOC results are inflated by the magnets.  With Algebra I, how many of the pass-ers were 8th graders at magnets?  They would be the strongest of the strongest.

DISD needs to separate magnet pass rates from comprehensive pass rates, but then the comprehensives would look really, really bad.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

It seems that Miles cannot take credit for the students staying much the same on their EOC scores.  The bar was set pretty low for passing.  The passing rates will not be reflective of the massive disruption he has caused.


"The higher passing rates in math and science were fueled in part by the low passing standards. Students had to correctly answer only 37 percent of the questions to pass in Algebra I and biology, with 35 percent required for the geometry test and 40 percent required in chemistry."

The question is, how will our students fare when the passing bar is slowly raised over the next several years, as is planned.?

E Kim Selim
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I know the BOT reads this blog so they should understand that after two years and the signing of SB 5 into law today, DISD is 26,590 exams short of students graduating based on the new SB 5 exams.  Some of that will be duplicated as they combine Reading and Writing into one English score but the district is still in trouble.  Now that you non-renewed most of the principals at these high schools who is going to set up summer school?  Now that you fired over 400 teachers and have most others looking elsewhere who is going to teach these kids?  Do you think young TFA kids want to work during the summer?  Congratulations, how does disruption look to you now. 

Think of all the money you will be saving increasing class size.  Oh! sorry, I forgot someone has to pay for tutoring 26,590 students.  I am sure you have business friends lined up ready to take the money. Instead of focusing on three feeders, two that are tiny, why don't you help the other students in the district graduate.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@E Kim Selim

Well, Bill McKenzie to the rescue!  Just a few days ago, he wrote a lovely little article on the "I Tutor Dallas" program he suggests we start here.

My favorite quote is this: "If Dallas is going to have a big tutoring effort, participants are going to need some skills. A lot of tutoring is about showing a child you care. But tutors also need some knowledge about how to work with a child in a subject."

And yet, McKenzie is the person who thinks that for teachers "one hires for attitude and you can train the skills needed"- he thinks that you can always teach the skills on the job.  Nothing special needed to be a teacher, right?


But to be a tutor, oh, no.  You must have skills to do that.

A is for Abigail
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@Disrupted DISD @E Kim Selim Bill McKenzie is an ass.  I can have the best attitude ever about calculus, but the years of skill it requires to understand the concept are lost on McKenzie.

DISD Teach
DISD Teach

A delay in getting these results feels like an attempt to inflate the numbers. Even though they don't look great, I still believe they've been adjusted to look better. I'd even be willing to bet they're just good enough for our dear FMM to get his precious bonus.

I'm also curious if the standards door passing are the same as they were last year. If they were lowered and we're still barely passing that means we did worse. I heard that's what happened for science. Don't know if it's true, but if it is that could account for the increase across the board.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

They are inflated and Tawnell reported it that way. She compared DISD which reported only first time testers to the State which reported all testers and said they were basically the same. Not true. In an apples to apples comparison using TEA summary reports, the cumulative percent of students not passing is growing at a faster rate than the state in ALL EOC exams. They are ignoring the retesters who have repeatedly tried but failed. The number of students not passing and thus not graduating is much more important than the spin on rates.

Persona non grata
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tr.v. bludg·eoned, bludg·eon·ing, bludg·eons

1. To hit with or as if with a heavy club.

2. To overcome by or as if by using a heavy club.

Just a thought...how much longer before we ("we" as in the public, not "we" as teachers) admit that bludgeoning children into learning with tests has not and will NEVER will work?

Positive motivation, in my opinion, is the ticket.

Children are forced to attend school using a forced curriculum administered by teachers forced to teach using a one-technique-fits-all instructional model.

The children can't quit their "job", but they certainly do know how to check out.

Build it fun and they will come! They're children, you know...

Quo Qu ohhh
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@Persona non grataBut Miles & Co. already fixed all that. Teach to the test, along with how to take those particular tests, and the fun comes in the form of Multiple Response Strategies- Weeeeeeeeeee!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata like.author.displayName 1 Like

Damn! You're right! I forgot about the never ending fun of marker boards and thumbs up.

Maybe I need to come over to the FMM dark side: Sit down! Shut up! Do what I say! Thumbs up! Take this test! Learn!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Persona non grata Don't forget to manufacture proof of said fun- have video crew shoot footage, edit, set to hip hop track: Sha-ZAM! Put it on YouTube for the haters. haha

summerinthecity like.author.displayName 1 Like

There is smoke coming from Belo Expectations' building.  The source is the friction fire in Bill McKenzie's office from his brain trying to understand why Gov. Perry would sign HB5 when he had told him time and time again that testing is the only way to improve learning. Weighing a calf always fattens it. 

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Since DISD teachers are so horrible according to FMM, I hope everyone passes on teaching summer school this year.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Persona non grata Well, the "Please Teach Summer School" emails are going out as of last week, so it's safe to say they are having trouble staffing summer school.

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@Persona non grata 

The state results didn't change from last year to this year, so teachers can't be the source.

Maybe 10 years of NCLB has ruined the ability of children to read, write, and think.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

Look closely. The 2013 freshman results exclude repeating students. This is fine for comparative purposes but for remediation purposes there will be more students to focus on than reported above.


Results have been in the hands of students in the suburbs for over a week.

These results indicate most students need a qualitatively different instructional experience for reading and writing, yet these are Miles' weak points. MRS interrupt the flow of reading and writing instruction.

HB5 states that students will attend summer school upon failing an EOC. For Dallas students, the costs will be astronomical, but the costs of students failing to graduate on time will be multiples worse.


@RollDownHillDoes HB5 state if students pay for summer school or does the state or district? In years past students had to pay for summer school.  No summer school for this volume of students appears in this year's budget or for next year either.  What gets cut? Board members what say you? 


@summerinthecity @RollDownHill 

HB5 states all students who fail an EOC will receive acceleration and results will be reported in an open forum and that students will NOT pay for the extra instruction.

It does not state that students who fail a course and wish to take summer school can't be charged.

DISD bears a huge burden from the 50% of freshmen and sophomores who failed a reading or writing test.

TootSweet like.author.displayName 1 Like

Handing out results to Hillcrest kids Wednesday, along with information on how to sign up for summer school!

PePeLaPew like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why are you guys the first to report now? Is everyone else just not paying attention, or they want to control the freedom of the press?  Skunked them again!

Michael MacNaughton
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The district has had the results for two weeks.  They should be flowing this information to the public instantly.  This is nice but where is the information for each school?  I have requested the data from the new Board President Eric Cowan in writing, by phone and by email but have not received any information yet. He indicated the Board would receive it June 7 or 10 (today).


@Michael MacNaughton @PePeLaPew You aren't holding your breath are you?  Pres. Cowan has difficulty finding the send button or dialing a phone.. At least that is my understanding from many who live in his district and have also emailed, called, written, begged, and pleaded for a response of any kind. 


I'be never gotten an answer from Cowan, and I've emailed him many times, as a constituent, a teacher, and a parent of kids in DISD.


Our principal presented us with STAAR data similar to the information above a few weeks back at our SBDM meeting. The information was disaggregated to show how we fared compared to our feeder pattern and to the rest of the district.

Our principal made the point that the numbers still needed to be cleaned up and retake results hadn't come back yet. Those two factors may account for the delay.

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