"A child's learning is the funtion more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tapping Out: The Underwhelming TAP Achievement of the Milken-McIntyre Schools

A significant piece of the Broad corporate education plan in Knoxville, Tennessee involves turning over control of curriculum, professional development, and instruction in Knoxville's poorest schools to the phony-baloney corporate ed scam run by the corrupt Milken Brothers.  Four schools have been TAP schools since 2006, and another 13 schools are in transition to TAP with the help of $26,500,000 in federal tax dollars going to the former swindlers of Wall Street who are now big time players in the corporate welfare education business.  

Broad's toadie in Knoxville, Supt. Jim McIntyre (my bolds):
“This significant investment will enable us to move more rapidly toward implementing our vision for educator excellence and enhancing student achievement in our highest need schools,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “TAP perfectly aligns with our strategic plan in terms of developing high quality teachers, improving collaboration, supporting high needs schools, and providing innovative and strategic compensation incentives for our educators.”
Well, you decide how much truth is in that statement.  The following charts are from the State website, and it shows the CRT state test scores since 2009 (numbers were not available from 2007 due to testing changes that disallow comparisons).  Knoxvillians may wonder what $26M  in tax money could do for Knoxville children if it were not being handed over to corporate predators.
 
From the state website:
Note:   The 2009 baseline provided a fixed transition point prior to the 2009-10 school year implementations of the new curriculum standards and assessments more reflective of national and international student performance in the 21st Century. The 2009 achievement scores and all grades connected with these scores are considered the new baseline for future public reporting. These converted achievement scores and grades are based on restructured calculations and a redefined grade scale that are updated to reflect the current status of educational attainment in the state in 2009. The 2009 change has prohibited comparisons to previous years’ data prior to 2009 for achievement reporting including state, district, and school-level scores and grades. For 2010, the most appropriate and meaningful comparsion would be to 2008-09 and the 2010 State level data. 
Holston Middle School:

Grades 3-8: TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement View Chart ?
(3 year average) 2009 2010 2011 2011 State
CRT Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade Trend Score Grade Trend
Math 48 C 48 C 49 C NC 50 B +
Reading/Language 49 C 49 C 50 B + 49 C NC
Social Studies 49 C 51 B 53 B NC 52 B NC
Science 47 C 48 C 48 C NC 49 C NC


Lonsdale Elementary:

Grades 3-8: TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement View Chart ?
(3 year average) 2009 2010 2011 2011 State
CRT Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade Trend Score Grade Trend
Math 38 F 37 F 38 F NC 50 B +
Reading/Language 35 F 34 F 35 F NC 49 C NC
Social Studies 27 F 28 F 29 F NC 52 B NC
Science 28 F 29 F 29 F NC 49 C NC



Northwest Middle:

Grades 3-8: TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement View Chart ?
(3 year average) 2009 2010 2011 2011 State
CRT Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade Trend Score Grade Trend
Math 42 D 41 D 41 D NC 50 B +
Reading/Language 42 D 41 D 40 D NC 49 C NC
Social Studies 43 D 43 D 43 D NC 52 B NC
Science 44 D 41 D 40 D NC 49 C NC


Pond Gap Elementary:

Grades 3-8: TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement View Chart ?
(3 year average) 2009 2010 2011 2011 State
CRT Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade Trend Score Grade Trend
Math 40 D 39 F 39 F NC 50 B +
Reading/Language 41 D 40 D 42 D NC 49 C NC
Social Studies 38 F 38 F 40 D + 52 B NC
Science 37 F 37 F 38 F NC 49 C NC

































































































Holston Middle:

Grades 3-8: TCAP Criterion Referenced Academic Achievement View Chart ?
(3 year average) 2009 2010 2011 2011 State
CRT Score Grade Score Grade Score Grade Trend Score Grade Trend
Math 48 C 48 C 49 C NC 50 B +
Reading/Language 49 C 49 C 50 B + 49 C NC
Social Studies 49 C 51 B 53 B NC 52 B NC
Science 47 C 48 C 48 C NC 49 C NC










































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