Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Texas Public School Accountability System Directly Contributes to Lower Graduation Rates

Since I'm on a education tack today....

Texas Public School Accountability System Directly Contributes to Lower Graduation Rates

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23dfwq

A study by Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin shows that Texas' public school accountability system, the model for the national No Child Left Behind Act, directly contributes to lower graduation rates.

By analyzing data from more than 271,000 students, the study found that 60 percent of African-American students, 75 percent of Latino students and 80 percent of English-as-a-second language students did not graduate within five years.

Each year, Texas public high schools lose at least 135,000 youth prior to graduation. Researchers found an overall graduation rate of only 33 percent.

The exit of low-achieving students created the appearance of rising test scores and of a narrowing of the achievement gap between white and minority students, thus increasing the schools' ratings, the study showed.

What's more, the study indicated that the higher the stakes and the longer such an accountability system governs schools, the more school personnel view students not as children to educate but as potential liabilities or assets for their school's performance indicators, their own careers or their school's funding.

Among other findings, the study showed a relationship between the increasing number of dropouts and schools' rising accountability ratings, finding that the accountability system allows principals to hold back students who are deemed at risk of reducing school scores -- but a high proportion of students retained this way end up dropping out.


Anonymous said...

Yea, but that does not change the FACT that Red Oak has much better schools than Ferris.

My kids go to Ferris ISD and we hate it!!!
I do not blam anyone for wanting out of Ferris ISD. The Admin in Ferris does not listen to the tax payer or the kids. HE!! if I could have my kids go to a better school I would do what I could

Steve Miller said...

It's about time to build a group and start hitting the school board with these issues. The board is driven by the student performance numbers plus the superintendent is where the continued poor performance of students begins and ends. Oh, by the way, the superintendent is hired and fired by the board.
I don't know the Supt., but do know several employees of the Ferris ISD so I won't bash 'em. I will let their performance ratings (the school report card if you're looking for it)stand on their own.
As many warts as ROISD has and we all have warts, they consistently put out school ratings that are at least acceptable.
You've gotta' either change the board in Ferris or make the issue of the Superintendent an issue EVERY time the board meets. In the school business, the squeaky wheel gets the grease! Hopefully the taxpayers aren't getting the grease like they are in ROISD!

Sammy said...

Mike Bodine is the biggest problem Ferris ISD has!!!! Things have went down hill since he's been running the show