Patrick Henry “Going Strong”?

The Times-Dispatch has an editorial this morning: “The Patrick Henry Charter School is going strong.”

The VDOE database has some numbers on that.  Let’s start with the 3d Grade reading pass rates.

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The new English tests in 2013 lowered the pass rates statewide and clobbered Richmond.  Here we see that effect on the third grade data, with PH avoiding the big hit and running parallel below the state rate (but above the 75% accreditation criterion).

The fourth grade data show PH weathering the new tests but suffering a large drop in 2015.  New teacher?

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In any case, a nice recovery since then.

The fifth grade numbers look more like the 3d, and show more of the year-to-year variation we might expect from a small dataset.

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But, again, a nice recovery in ‘17.

The state dropped the writing tests in the elementary grades in 2014 and most of the history and social science tests as well so we’ll move along to math.

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Notice that I had to change the range on the y-axis because of the PH plunge with the new tests in 2012.

The 4th grade had some of the same problem but an excellent recovery this year.

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The fifth grade took a big hit in ‘13 (go figure!) and a smaller one in ‘17.

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Finally, 5th grade science, where PH recovered from the new tests to top the state average in ‘17.

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We grade schools here on the curve: The Richmond average is a “C” (never mind what it is vs. the state average) and anything approaching the state average gets an “A.”  On that basis:

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So, yes, RT-D.  Going well, perhaps even going strong.