And Then There Was Petersburg

The previous post showed the recent progress, particularly of the economically disadvantaged (“ED”) students, in Southwest Virginia (Region 7). For example, on the reading tests:

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Contrast this with the abiding failure in Petersburg.

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The math data tell much the same story.

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Note added 11/7: A reader (the reader?) points out that PBurg has lots of ED students. Indeed, 76% this year, v. 61% in Region 7. The point remains: Region 7 has LOTS of ED students and manages to improve their pass rates; PBurg has more and utterly fails to improve.

In SW Virginia, the schools formed the Comprehensive Instructional Program, first implemented in 2015. The CIP now has expanded to some forty-one divisions.

As to Petersburg, the State Board of Education adopted a Corrective Action Plan in 2016. This was only the latest step in a process that began in 2004.

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(“MOU” is bureaucratese for Memorandum of Understanding, which is the misleading term for an edict of the Board of Education.)

Here is an abbreviated comparison of the Region 7’s Comprehensive Instructional Program and the Board of Education’s Corrective Action Plan for Petersburg:

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STOP! Please go back and read all of each of those lists so you can fully appreciate the fecklessness of the Board’s approach.

A modest proposal: Let’s expand the CIP statewide and and shrink the Board of Education’s function to what they can usefully do: statistics and webinars.