See me after school

Madison school district achievement scores
are flat, at best

For all of the earnest palaver about racial equity, etc., the fact is that the racial achievement gap in Madison’s public schools remains like that stone standing in the water — unmoved.

In Math, 65% of black students test below basic proficiency. In reading and writing, 60% are sub-par — virtually unchanged in the last three years and 2½ times worse than white students.

dunce_cap_michaelsWorse, student achievement in Madison schools dropped to 58.2 from 63.5 five years ago (on a 100-point scale), according to the Department of Public Instruction.

Chris Rickert, the excellent education reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal, argues that the comparison is “not apples to apples.” Indeed, DPI changes its report card formula more often than a backwoods moonshiner.

The State Journal contends that a fair comparison can only extend back to the 2015-16 school year. Fair enough. No matter how one slices it, however, student achievement scores in the Madison Metropolitan School District are sliding down the slippery slope: from 60.6 in 2015-16 to 58.2 last school year.

Here are the year-by-year, overall student achievement scores as recorded by DPI. See if you can spot the trend:

Madison student achievement scores

Student Achievement scores

Student achievement measures proficiency in English language and mathematics — to me, the purest indicator of student achievement.

DPI throws other ingredients into the mix in order to devise an “overall score.” Something called “district growth” factors a full third of the score and “closing gaps” and “on-track readiness” another one-quarter each, relegating actual student achievement to only 18% of the overall score.

So let’s examine those overall scores. Even taking 2015-16 as your baseline, scores since then are basically unchanged — a little worse and a little bit better.

Overall DPI Scores

Overall Madison Scores

100-point scale, DPI

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5 Responses to See me after school

  1. Gordon Sussman says:

    From your comments I understand that the student achievement component of the MMSD measurement of student achievement is 18%? Sounds like fraud and professional malfeasance to me.

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  2. Kevin Wymore says:

    The “achievement gap” has been on the school district’s radar for at least 20 years.

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    MMSD is like the counterfeiters that, after finding out it was costing them $30 to print each $20 bill, decided to increase production.

    The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Madison school district achievement scores are flat, at best” (bold mine)

      Any chance of shoehorning in a line that depicts spending per student during that same time-frame to determine if that has been “flat, at best”?

      The Gotch

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  4. It’s my opinion that progressives like the dumbing down of America because it’s easier for them to control ignorant people with their emotional BS, progressives hate facts, logic and critical thinking..


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