Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Obfuscation of the Highest Order

Let's read what Ole Si Se Puede has to say about McKinley Elementary, the first school in California whose parents have chosen to implement the "parent trigger law" and turn the school into a charter school:

McKinley is actually a school that is a perfect example of how educational change can work when teachers, administrators and parents work together to best meet the needs of students. Although the Parent Revolution was able to target McKinley Elementary because it has not met the statewide API target of 800 out of 1,000 points, McKinley students have been making steady and significant progress for the past three years. And they have been making this progress since the implementation of CTA’s Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA). McKinley is one of nearly 500 schools serving at-risk students that are receiving $3 billion in additional resources over an eight-year period to lower class sizes, align professional development using student data, and create a collaborative approach to reform among parents, teachers and other local stakeholders. The good news is that McKinley’s API score has risen more than 70 points in the last two years alone. With continued progress, and to the credit of McKinley’s educators and the QEIA system, McKinley could be out of Program Improvement in the next few years.

So, what is McKinley's score? And how does McKinley rank amongst other schools in the state? You'd certainly have no idea from reading the above quotation, would you? Well, leave it to Darren to inform you.

Ole Si Se Puede tells us that this particular McKinley Elementary is in Compton, so it's entirely possible that this is the school in question (click on the brown Base button once there). This school is ranked in the bottom 10th of all schools in California (statewide rank=1). When compared only with 100 schools with students of similar demographics, it ranks in the bottom 10th of those schools as well (similar schools rank=1). I'm sure Si Se Puede knows this but of course won't tell you this; it doesn't fit his narrative.

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