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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Southeast Education Inititiative Update

There were three schools that were the focus of the Southeast Education Initiative. Although that project was completed at the end of the past school year, let's remember that it formed the pilot for school Performance Management as the District will practice it going forward.

So what was the performance for those three schools as measured by the WASL/MSP/HSPE?

Rainier Beach High School
Reading pass rates:
2006-2007 - 70.0%
2007-2008 - 69.1%, down 0.9
2008-2009 - 61.5%, down 7.6
2009-2010 - 54.9%, down 6.6
Cumulative change: down 15.1

Math pass rates:
2006-2007 - 37.4%
2007-2008 - 28.6%, down 8.8
2008-2009 - 17.6%, down 11.0
2009-2010 - 14.1%, down 3.5
Cumulative change: down 23.3

Writing pass rates:
2006-2007 - 72.0%
2007-2008 - 92.7%, up 20.7
2008-2009 - 82.4%, down 10.3
2009-2010 - 82.5%, up 0.1
Cumulative change: up 10.5

Science pass rates:
2006-2007 - 10.5%
2007-2008 - 10.9%, up 0.4
2008-2009 - 9.8%, down 1.1
2009-2010 - 8.0%, down 1.8
Cumulative change: down 2.5

On the whole, it does not appear that the performance at Rainier Beach High School was particularly well managed.

Cleveland High School
Reading pass rates:
2006-2007 - 62.7%
2007-2008 - 62.8%, up 0.1
2008-2009 - 64.4%, up 1.6
2009-2010 - 63.1%, down 1.3
Cumulative change: up 0.4

Math pass rates:
2006-2007 - 17.9%
2007-2008 - 12.2%, down 5.7
2008-2009 - 21.2%, up 9.0
2009-2010 - 17.1%, down 4.1
Cumulative change: down 0.8

Writing pass rates:
2006-2007 - 73.7%
2007-2008 - 76.6%, up 2.9
2008-2009 - 76.2%, down 0.4
2009-2010 - 80.1%, up 3.9
Cumulative change: up 6.4

Science pass rates:
2006-2007 - 8.0%
2007-2008 - 6.9%, down 1.1
2008-2009 - 15.5%, up 8.6
2009-2010 - 28.0%, up 12.5
Cumulative change: up 20.0

Aside from the dramatic increase in the Science pass rate, it does not appear that the performance at Cleveland High School was particularly well managed either.

Aki Kurose Middle School
8th grade Reading pass rates:
2006-2007 - 44.7%
2007-2008 - 51.0%, up 6.3
2008-2009 - 63.7%, up 12.7
2009-2010 - 51.7%, down 12.0
Cumulative change: up 7.0

8th grade Math pass rates:
2006-2007 - 16.8%
2007-2008 - 24.1%, up 7.3
2008-2009 - 38.6%, up 14.5
2009-2010 - 34.8%, down 3.8
Cumulative change: up 18.0

8th grade Science pass rates:
2006-2007 - 18.5%
2007-2008 - 19.1%, up 0.6
2008-2009 - 34.6%, up 15.5
2009-2010 - 30.7%, down 3.9
Cumulative change: up 12.2

Despite drops in all three pass rates this year, Aki Kurose appears to have made progress.

Do these results form cause to be confident about the Performance Management System?

5 comments:

Unknown said...

At 4:23 the SPS communications office sent around documents outlining the proposed deal. I have a meeting to run to, I hope others get the chance to post the info here soon.

dan dempsey said...

Charlie,

Another interesting investigation should include the k-12 vertically aligned SPS math program results.

zb said...

You can't possibly tell anything with these pass rates alone. How have school demographics changed during the same time? If these these are "raw" pass rates, the school demographics could completely swamp the pass rates.

Charlie Mas said...

The demographics of the three schools did not see any significant change during the Southeast Education Initiative.

That, in fact, was another failure of the effort.

The primary purpose of the Southeast Education Initiative was to make these three schools into "schools of choice". The effort was supposed to increase enrollment by drawing more students into the improved schools.

How well did that work? Not so much.

Some of the increased enrollment at Aki Kurose in 2009 can be attributed to the closure of Meany and the subsequent shift of 200 APP students to Hamilton. A large number of Southeast students used to enroll at Meany and Hamilton, but those options were closed off to them, forcing them into Aki Kurose. Without that, the enrollment at Aki Kurose would have been down over the period.

Some of the increase at Rainier Beach can be attributed to the closure of Summit K-12 and some to reduced enrollment at Garfield.

Rainier Beach Enrollment (October 1 counts)
2006 - 457
2007 - 361
2008 - 453
2009 - 500
Net change: +43, +9.4%

Cleveland Enrollment (October 1 counts)
2006 - 600
2007 - 676
2008 - 706
2009 - 695
Net change: +95, 15.8%

Aki Kurose Enrollment (October 1 counts)
2006 - 585
2007 - 465
2008 - 434
2009 - 561
Net change: -24, -4.1%

gregory said...

Gregory,

How much money was spent to obtain those results, not just SE Initiative add-in total, but the per student dollar cost. Can you break it down by high school?