The Awfulness of Richmond’s Middle Schools

While pulling data for an upcoming post on our middle schools and the SGP, I downloaded these SOL pass rates:

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The horizontal lines are the “benchmarks” for accreditation.

That provoked graphs of the latest (and last) SGP data (the second of the three VDOE downloads) that show Richmond’s 2014 middle school average reading and math SGP percentiles along with those of the other divisions:

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Richmond is the gold bar on each graph.  The red bars are the peer divisions: from the left Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton.

Please recall that the SGP does not correlate with economic disadvantage so Richmond can’t blame the kids for this dismal showing.

Here are the data:

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The Devil Made Me Do It

After I had posted the data above, it was raining and there was no going outside.  So I pulled the Richmond SOL data by grade and by year.  Here they are:

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The only pattern that emerges here, beyond the terrible middle school numbers, is the score drops that came with the new math tests in 2012 and the new reading tests in 2013.  Those, of course, were associated with the former Superintendent’s failure to align the Richmond curricula with the new tests.