Monday, November 2, 2009
With an abundance of caution, and the proviso that MCPS has a data warehouse that should better answer the question, I draw your attention to the trends in students performing "Advanced" on the MSAs.
Are the numbers of students scoring "Advanced" on MSAs in 6th grade showing a declining trend?
The data in one column is for a "non-magnet" middle school while the data in the other is for a "magnet" middle school. Both show the beginnings of a downward trend. The fact that a number of disparate schools display this trend should be of concern to Carver.
Is this a consequence of an ill thought out differentiated instruction experiment?
Or, could it be because the number of "Superintendent, Deputy, Assc, Asst" went up from FY 08 to FY 09 while the number of "Teachers" went down from 10261.4 in FY 08 to 10219.8 in FY 09?
Should our priority be teachers or administrators? Established teaching practices or experimental efforts?