That’s the verdict on Tennessee’s Achievement School District from a new study analyzing five years of data and comparing the state-run district to schools receiving no intervention.
After five years of trying to turn around low-performing schools, Tennessee’s state-run schools aren’t performing any better than schools that haven’t received any intervention, according to new research released Tuesday.
This story is not surprising to those who’ve been keeping up with the ASD’s antics across multiple Superintendents and two Commissioners of Education.
But, don’t worry — Commissioner McQueen is on the case.
In a statement, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said, “We have not seen the success in the ASD that we want, and that is something we’re addressing.”
That’s not exactly reassuring given that McQueen has also repeatedly said she and her department are addressing concerns about TNReady.
This is the same McQueen who is insisting Shelby County place additional schools under the control of the failing ASD.
I reported on research from Gary Rubinstein back in February that told a familiar story:
Though my own calculations made it clear that the six original ASD schools had not made it out of the bottom 5% after six years, it doesn’t become ‘official’ until Tennessee releases its next ‘Priority List’ which it does every three years. But a few days ago, they released something just as good, the so-called ‘Cusp List’ showing all the schools in the bottom 10% which includes what percentile each school is at.
Here are the results:
|Humes (closed down and became Frayser Achievement Elementary School||1.3%|
The report out of Vanderbilt confirms what many observers have been saying all along: The ASD is not working. It’s not helping kids. It’s disruptive and problematic.
We don’t need more mission creep, we need a plan that helps kids — you know, like the district-run iZone that’s actually getting results.
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