I spent some tedious time early this morning comparing the math and reading DC CAS proficiency rates for all the D.C. Public Charter School Board's Performance Management Framework Tier 1 schools using the data that was released yesterday by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the results from July of this year. Too bad I didn't stay in bed.
I definitely see the pattern that Emma Brown writes about today. In general the math scores decrease and the reading proficiency rates increase. There are some anomalies to this finding but I'm far from an expert in what these outliers mean so I'm not going to bother to specifically call them out.
As a service to you, the reader, I'm going to summarize the whole controversy in one sentence over which of the two different grading scales OSSE could have utilized to score the DC CAS. We have much more important things to worry about regarding public education in the nation's capital.
The big loser in all of this is of course D.C. Council education committee chairman David Catania. To state that OSSE was cheating, or to explicitly claim that there was an effort to manipulate the findings to inflate student academic improvement for political reasons, is absurd. If he was out to destroy his credibility then at least now he has one victory under his belt.
DCPS chancellor Kaya Henderson provides a great conclusion to this matter, as quoted by Ms. Brown. "“All of these measures tell us the same thing. We have made a ton of progress and we have lots of work left to do.”
I'm going to try and get some more sleep.