Stephen Dyer · September 4, 2013
What the data breakdown shows is this: There remain huge performance differences between wealthy suburban and poor urban and rural districts. These differences, though, do not seem to be quite as stark as they were under the previous Report Card. Whether we should be judging districts based on a few tests in a few subjects taken only during a few years of a child’s education is a serious question. But it appears the state is doing a somewhat more nuanced and intricate analysis of those quite limited data points. And that’s a positive step.We have provided bulleted highlights of each category, along with charts showing the grade distribution among the categories for each district type so you can go through and see the differences for yourself. We will do a similar analysis based on the percentage of children a district has living in poverty. Test scores are so closely related to poverty that using it as a comparison will present a challenge for these new metrics to overcome.
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