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Demographics
We already know that the
DoE is targeting schools
with the
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.Students in closing schools have
lower incoming scores.
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Columbus
Closing schools
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Special Education services.
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Columbus
Closing HS
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grades and not
closing
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closing
But did the Progress Reports
at least give us a fair shot?
Did they truly reflect the quality of the education
or just the challenges of the kids?
Who got the A`s?
In our ~peer group¨
(the schools against which we were graded)
A`s went mostly to the schools
with fewer struggles.
Far
Fewer!
Follow Along
and we`ll show you what we mean!
'Special Education¨
students are broken into
two broad groups :
high need
low need
High Need
Self-Contained Students
have more intensive needs and
require significantly more
resources including very small
classes and significant social,
academic, and emotional support
High Need Kids are Great Kids
Like all good schools
we give all our students the
extra help they need
to become successful
as adults
But kids are not
statistics.
These students
make slower
progress than
students with
fewer needs.
"A¨ schools in our peer group have a
lower % of Special Education
students than do D schools.
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The Progress Reports seem to
measure the challenges of the
kids, and not the
quality of the school.
In our peer group they were
stacked against schools
with lots of high-need kids
And What
About Columbus?
Columbus educates a high percentage of
Special Education kids
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Higher Need
And Columbus educates more
high-need kids than any other
school in the district
So Columbus
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Meanwhile
what plan does DOE
have for
Columbus`s students?
DOE says it is making
room for KAPPA and says
KAPPA will provide a
'higher quality¨ option.
So let`s explore that
KAPPA is so new that
it hasn`t even
been graded yet.
What was data-driven
DOE`s standard Ior calling it
'high quality?¨
MAYBE
It is the 'Quality¨ oI the student
scores from Middle School:
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Incoming (Grade 8) Scores
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Or maybe it is that there are
virtually no Special Ed kids.
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high-need kids at all
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KAPPA
is sure to be a
fine
NY School
with fine teachers
Just like
Columbus
But it is not
serving
the kids that
Columbus serves
Will KAPPA serve
our kids?
All they get, says DOE
Is the
'Opportunity to Apply¨
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Fi rst
the DOE closes schools and herds
all the most vulnerable students
into fewer schools
Next
it creates a formula that puts
these schools at a disadvantage
Then
it blames the school
for the grade and
decides to close it
And Finally
it has
NO PLAN
for the students left behind
Is this any way to
run a
School System?

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