Wed
Nov 7 2007
06:50 pm

Overall...not bad. And some schools are excellent. Some have challenges.

2007 School Report Card

I looked..

You know, I looked at the report card and was blown away by an item listed. It was something like "percent of SAFE schools." The answer was ALL. Thank you Jesus that we live in a community where we do not have to worry about drive by shootings, drug wars, and gang wars. Sometimes I forget how blessed we are to be in small town America. I guess it just made me realize, I am sweating my kid passing math class and there are mothers in this nation worried about their kid getting shot at school. I know I fuss enough about what needs to change at Roane County Schools, but Lord help us, I pray that item on our grade card NEVER changes!

Oh yeah! I did notice that there were some good things there. We are good at getting the kids to school. According to the report all of our teachers are well qualified. Our ACT and other standardized test were good. We seem to have stayed above or real close to the goals of the state.

I am a little concerned that the graduation number was like 70% overall. Maybe I misread that because that would mean a couple of our schools were way low and I heard from a reliable source that our graduation rates are just fine.

Anyone want to shed some lite on this ignorant parent about what this report actually means and did you notice we are not meeting our targets for disabled students? Is that because we are not counting the kids that are able to function in standard classes?

Anyone want to take a guess where my kid gets his ADD?

So many questions...so little time.
Wylamena

Ask any administrator about

Ask any administrator about these statistics and sit down and get ready for a diatribe. The NCLB factors are fairly bogus, handed down from the Feds in order to make Public schools look bad. Other stats are gamed by the state systems in order to look good. (remember the "Texas Miracle"? Turned out to be fudged figures by Bush's state school guy)

I trust some of the test results, though. A math test is just too hard to screw up.

The achievement scores are ludicrous and make the good schools look bad simply because they are already performing at a high level and have no room at the top for a delta.

Bottom line: we need to dig into these results to really see what is valid and what is not. Roane County Schools are actually OK on the whole, but boy is there room for improvement.

I like that, WC...

"Bottom line: we need to dig into these results to really see what is valid and what is not. Roane County Schools are actually OK on the whole, but boy is there room for improvement."

Sound advice and a reasonable approach.

RB

PS - all y'all remember one time when WC said, when he agreed with me on something, to note it well, as it wouldn't be happening much? Well, here it is again :-)

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