December 17, 2012

School deform flunks in DC

Washington Examiner - Third-graders in DC Public Schools have failed to show any gains in math or reading since aggressive school reforms began in 2007, according to an independent analysis of the city's standardized test scores.

The repor, by the nonprofit DC Action for Children, also suggests the city's public charter schools do not outperform the traditional school system on the DC Comprehensive Assessment System exams.

...The group chose 2007 because many of former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's reforms began then with the passage of the School Reform Act. It chose the third grade because research cites third-grade proficiency as a key indicator of whether a student will graduate from high school. The third grade is also the first year that students take the exams.

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