Inexperienced & Out-Of-Field Teachers

Returning to the Download Data under the School Quality Profiles: Under “Teacher Quality” there is a “Teacher Quality” indicator. The download there provides 2020 state, division, and school percentages of inexperienced teachers, out-of-field teachers, and teachers who are both inexperienced and out-of-field.

We get to have our own views whether experience or in- or out-of-field status reflects on teaching quality; VBOE is the licensing agency and it thinks those measures matter.

For Richmond and the state, the data for all schools (i.e., both Title I and Not) look like this.

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All the Richmond schools are listed as “High Poverty,” which is consonant with those zeroes for “Low Poverty” but raises the question why the “High Poverty” numbers are different from the “All Schools” values.

Note added on 2/12:

I asked VDOE about this discrepancy and they replied:

For these metrics, high poverty schools and low poverty schools represent the top and bottom quartiles of all schools in the state based on FRPL. So, when looking at the data by division, the high and low poverty school rates are calculated only on a subset of schools in that division. For Richmond specifically, there are 44 high poverty schools, 0 low poverty schools, and 6 schools with no poverty level (FRPL is not calculated).

In any case, the Richmond numbers all are high in comparison to the state averages. That situation persists in both the Title I and Not Title I schools.

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Turning to the Richmond elementary schools, here are the data, sorted by the inexperienced percentage:

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Data for Patrick Henry are missing in the database.

The only non-Title I schools here are Munford, Fox, and Holton.

Next, the middle schools.

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All the middle schools are Title I.

Finally, the high schools.

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Note: Franklin also has middle school grades. Community, Open, Huguenot, and TJ are Title I.