Saturday, April 9, 2011

Robertson County Schools: By the Numbers: FOLLOW-UP

This is a follow-up post to my “Robertson County Schools: By the Numbers.”
Here, I hope to show you figures that will demonstrate what I believe to be a correlation between “economically disadvantaged” and their respective ‘grades.’
Their grades are derived from the 2010 Tennessee Department of EducationReport Cards:
Elementary Schools –

Elementary Schools
Cheatham Park
Westside
Krisle
Jo Byrns
Greenbrier
Watauga
East Robertson
Coopertown
Woodall
County
State
Math
D
D
D
C
B
B
C
C
B
C
C
Reading / Language
D
D
C
C
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
Social Studies
D
D
D
C
B
B
B
C
B
C
C
Science
D
F
D
C
B
B
B
C
B
C
C
 Writing: 5th Grade
A
B
A
B
A
A
A
A
A
A
A


Note, of course, that Cheatham Park and Westside are both schools within the City of Springfield.
Middle Schools –

Middle Schools
Springfield
Greenrbrier
Coopertown
East Robertson
Jo Byrns
Heritage



County
State
Math
D
B
B
C
C
B



C
C
Reading / Language
F
B
B
B
C
A



C
C
Social Studies
D
A
A
B
B
B



B
B
Science
F
B
A
C
D
B



C
C
Writing: 8th Grade
A
A
A
A
A
A



A
A


High Schools –

High Schools
Springfield
Greenrbrier
East Robertson
Jo Byrns
Heritage




County
State
Writing 11th Grade
A
A
A
A
A




A
A
ACT Composite Score
18.5
19.5
18.3
18.4
19.9




19.9
19.6
English
18.3
19.9
17.7
17.8
20.2




18.9
19.4
Math
17.9
18.3
18.4
18.1
18.4




18.2
19
Reading
18.6
19.9
18.6
18.6
20.7




19.3
19.9
Science
18.8
19.5
18.1
18.7
19.8




19
19.6


Again, I do not want to get on a soapbox about this issue. What I hope to point out is that there is a substantial issue here.
A side item to take from all of these numbers being discussed, but an item that I wish would become the point I am trying to make overall: Maybe I am just different. Maybe, as some has said, I am naïve.
But, maybe, just maybe we have a diamond in the rough here in Robertson County.  
How?
Just look at our county scores. Then, look at the state scores. We are close, if not, at the average school system!
Imagine if we figured out what to do with to fix the problems within the schools within the City of Springfield.
That is the point I am trying to make with all of this. I am not advocating for any radical solution, I do not pretend to be smart enough to know all of the answers to come up with some solution, but what I will say is that we are as strong as our weakest link, and these numbers definitively demonstrate to that end.
If our good leadership, our good teachers and administrators have gotten us this far – imagine what could be done when we fix this problem.
We would not need to allocate so many resources to one district.
We would not need to send our best and brightest administrators to one district.
These resources and these good folks could be sent back out and throughout the county.
Folks, all I would ask is that you not jump to conclusions here and let’s figure this one out.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for providing the report card which adds perspective to this important discussion. Just like managing a business operation, any system that fails to produce results in must be evaluated and changed to produce tge desired reults. If we continue to produce negative results from a system then we must change the system to produce better results. The players in this game are the students, teachers, administrative folks, and parents. Which ever player is not producing positive results must be evaluated and changed to produce better results.

    Please continue to keep the public updated on the peoples business.

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  2. Ok, the result of missplled words in my previous comment are my fat fingers typing on my phones keyboard. So I must change my diet and exercise program to be able to type better. Ha ha.

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