Patrick Henry Starting to Produce?

The other school in our neighborhood is Patrick Henry, a charter school.  The State Board denied accreditation to PH this year based on a four-year history of warnings that culminated this year with a near-miss in math.

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Let’s look at Patrick Henry’s performance in some detail, starting with math.  Recall that the accreditation benchmark for everything but English is 70%, based on the pass rate with some arcane “adjustments” that often raise the actual pass rate by a few points.

First, the third grade:

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The new math tests in 2012 lowered scores statewide; the effect was magnified in Richmond because our former Superintendent failed to align the curricula with the new tests. 

Here we see that PH, despite its measure of independence from the failed Richmond system, did not act to avoid the Superintendent’s negligence.  It’s taken four years for the third grade pass rates to recover.

The fourth grade scores took a larger hit and recovered in two years, only to deteriorate this year.

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The fifth grade pass rates survived the new tests, only to plunge (to 19%!) the next year and then recover for the following years to about the state average.

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The fourth grade scores this year dragged the average into denial of accreditation.

On the reading tests, the third grade performance pulled the average to up to 72% and the “adjustments” moved that (barely) to the 75% benchmark for accreditation.

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The fourth grade pass rate survived the new tests in 2013, only to deteriorate afterward.

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The fifth grade scores recovered in 2014 but then slid back below the benchmark.

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After a difficult year with the new science tests in 2013, the science numbers have settled in near the state average.

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PH is outperforming Richmond (which presents a low threshold: two-thirds of Richmond schools are not fully accredited this year) and approaching state-average performance in several respects.  We can hope they’ll continue to improve.  Carver (which is not a charter school) offers a good target.

It’s interesting that the really poor performances at PH have usually lasted only one year: It appears that PH is dealing with the instances of really inadequate teaching, quickly for the most part.  Would that the other schools in Richmond might do the same.