I stated in a comment that if one took Newark Charter and Wilmington Charter and put them back under Christina’s watch and care, they would have the highest scores in the state….
I now want to test that hypothesis to see how correct that statement was…
Here is the data we used.
Newark Charter has 2140 students.
Charter School of Wilmington has 972 students.
The entire Christina District lists 15,553.
Average Proficiency Scores for Newark Charter in ELA were 95%.. (That means 95% were tested as proficient.)
(Rats! No data) For now will have to fake Wilmington Charters’. Tack in with 99%, they’re smarter than Newark.
Christina District averaged at 39%.
So to figure the cumulative weighted theoretical for all combined, our equation would look something like this…..
15553 (39) + 2140 (95) + 972 (99) = X/ (15553+2140+972) or X/18635 = Average Score
606567 + 203330 + 96228 = 906125/18635 = 48.62
48.62 would be Christina School Districts cumulative ELA score if there were no charters to siphon of top students and the district was then tested as a whole…. How does that compare?
It would be statistically tied with 7 other schools for spot 9 ….. (courtesy of Exceptional Delaware)
Those others which would be tied with Christina would be Capital, Colonial, Seaford, Woodbridge, Milford, and Red Clay (hmmm. which would drop lower by losing Wilm Charter.).
None of which give away the bulk of their top students as does Christina….
When people (some think Dave Sokola is an alien; just ask Sigourney Weaver) scoff and say Christina is failing as a district and that these charters are there only because the public schools can’t teach a bag of beans, it would be very appropriate to remind them that 1) beans are inanimate and have no brains, and 2) it is only because Christina has to give up its top students to charters, that it scores average so low in comparison. In other words it is doing as well as both of the other inner city districts (Red Clay and Colonial) as well as the poorer districts down south. It is definitely not failing as a district.
This is like blaming someone for running a slow race after you cut off their leg… Sew the leg back on, and there is NO problem…
This again, is one more piece of daily mounting evidence as to why Delaware needs to remove Charter Schools from the entire state’s education system The whole “education is failing scenario” has been a gross misrepresentation. All they did as to just move smart people around to raise some schools scores, and lower others, that’s all.
“Let’s take those smart one and put them here… and lets leave the impoverished ones right there…”
“Holy Crayola!!! Look how bad this district is doing!!!… such low scores!!!. We have to take it over (and put our friends in to run each school at $160,000 a pop..)!!!”