Welcome Camelot to Richmond

The School Board has just contracted with Camelot Education to run Richmond Alternative School (aka CCP).

The 2013 Budget Document (pdf at 171) contains the $4.8 million CCP budget item and tells us what CCP is:

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The RT-D quotes Michelle Boyd, our Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Education (in the Mother Tongue: the Assistant for handicapped kids), for admitting that “test scores in several subjects have been stagnant or have decreased.”  Actually it’s much worse than that: Compared to the (already awful) Richmond averages, the CCP scores have collapsed in the last two years.

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The ordinate there is the Richmond Alternative average pass rate minus the Richmond average.

Note that these precipitous drops came after the 2012 and 2013 drops statewide (and plunges in Richmond) caused by the new math and reading tests.

Boyd says “There is no finger-pointing here.”  Maybe so, but there should be.  The drop in 2014 coincides with the termination of the contract to operate CCP:

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If we fit least squares lines to the pre-2014 data, we get an even clearer picture of Richmond’s inability to operate its own school that the contractor had been steadily improving.

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It looks like RPS is a slow learner.  They turned CCP over to the contractor in 2006 because they couldn’t run it successfully themselves.  Now, at a price of who knows how many damaged kids, they’ve again demonstrated that they can’t run it successfully themselves.

Oh, did I mention that RPS steals the SOL scores of the Maggie Walker students and gives those scores to high schools the students are not attending.  But the middle and high schools get to send their troublesome students to CCP, along with their scores?  So, a double lie to improve the scores (not that it has done much good).

Note Added 7/21:  An esteemed reader comments: “Amazing, just amazing. Maybe RPS ought to outsource the teaching of every school!”