District Deeds Sunday Reads – May 27, 2018: Poor After Grad Tracking; Freshmen Academies; Teacher-Student Power

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Here are some interesting articles we received and discovered this past week…

ENJOY!

 

California Lacks System to Track Students Through High School, College and Workplace

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As students from Sacramento City Unified School District start applying to college this fall, Superintendent Jorge Aguilar will know a lot about where they ended up enrolling and eventually whether they graduated.

Thanks to a partnership with neighboring community colleges and state public universities — including UC Davis, UC Merced and CSU Sacramento — Aguilar will know who among his students got into those schools. Over time, he’ll know how many completed their first year and eventually graduated at those colleges, information that he says will appear on the district website.

The Sacramento Unified arrangement is remarkable because it’s an outlier in California. While most states have some system that links their high school and college data to track what happens to students once they exit high school, California does not.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This article brought to mind last weeks District Deeds Sunday Reads where #1 in “The Gordian Knot of High School Reform mentions how  “The phrase “college and career ready” trips off many a tongue nowadays, but it doesn’t bear much scrutiny.”

For the record, the San Diego Unified School District DOES NOT provide any tracking of Student performance past high school.

How much BETTER would SDUSD Student learning become if Superintendent Marten and the Board of Education were held accountable for performance past High School for EVERY student instead of just taking credit for fake graduation rates?

And why is it that the SDUSD, the 2nd largest school district in California cannot measure what the 14th ranked Sacramento Unified School District CAN measure?

ANSWER:  Because if SDUSD did, it would expose the fact that, despite the constant Vision 2020 propaganda, Marten and her Board of Education conies are miserably failing the “All San Diego students will graduate with the skills, motivation, curiosity and resilience to succeed in their choice of college and career in order to lead and participate in the society of tomorrow.” Vision 2020 promise.

Typical of this unscrupulous Superintendent and Board.

Philadelphia-Inquirer

1 in 3 Philly Students Doesn’t Graduate on Time. To Fix That, High Schools Focus on Freshmen

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Destiny Kobel had a vague idea of what high school would be like, and, frankly, she was frightened before she launched into her freshman year at Kensington High in September.

“I thought it was going to be scary,” said Kobel, 14. “I thought it was going to be hard.”

But things have gone much better than planned; classes have been manageable, with teachers she can relate to, trips and activities, and a constant push to stay on target academically and personally. She chalks that up to her experience in Kensington’s ninth grade academy — essentially a school within a school, where freshmen have a dedicated group of specially selected teachers and extra supports.

For the Philadelphia School District, ninth-grade academies are an area of focus and a planned $7.2 million investment next school year.

District Deeds Synopsis:

What a great idea!  As far as we know there are no “ninth grade academies” in the SDUSD.  A search on the SDUSD website didn’t list any.

Our problem in the SDUSD is that the district denies that there are any dropouts at all.  

As we wrote in “The San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten 2015/16 DIPLOMA MILL SCAM – Marten Unethical Opportunism Exposed!!!“:

“According to the VOSD article every single one of the 11,023 student 2012 Freshman class are accounted for…there are NO “unknowns” on the list who started as freshmen in the class of 2016.

There are only 87 dropouts out of the 11,023 students – a .8% Dropout Rate…eight TENTHS of a percent!!!  Pew Research estimated that there was a 7% dropout rate in 2015, the most recent year measured.

It is no different in the SDUSD.  In conversations with SDUSD counselors, some students and families just disappear…no one knows where they went.  There is NO “Unknown” on the list provided by the SDUSD to VOSD.  Apparently the SDUSD decided to make them disappear from the reports also!

Splitting the difference of the Pew Research report, that would add 3.5% to the dropout rate and adding 1% “Unknowns” from the 11,023 student total equals 496 MORE students to the non-graduate category.

Adding those 496 students to the other students not graduating would have dropped the graduation rate to 76%!!!”

According to the calculations above, BEST CASE the SDUSD has at least a 24% dropout rate…but it’s impossible for the SDUSD to fix the a dropout problem if they don’t even admit they have a dropout problem!

But remember, Marten and Trustees Richard “Tricky Dick” Barrera, Kevin “Dismissal with Prejudice” Beiser, John “You Can’t Handle the Truth” Evans, Michael “Foggy Bottom” McQuary and Sharon “Flying By The Seat of Our Pants” Payne are BIG on propaganda and lies and very low on personal accountability.

And our Students continue to suffer because of it.

Two Studies Point to the Power of Teacher-Student Relationships to Boost Learning

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Two studies on how best to teach elementary schools students — one on the popular trend of “platooning” and one on the far less common practice of “looping” — at first would seem totally unrelated other than the fact that they both use silly words with double-o’s. “Platooning” refers to having teachers specialize in a particular subject, such as math or English, and young students switch teachers for each class. “Looping” is a term used when kids keep the same teacher for two years in a row. They don’t switch teachers for each subject and don’t switch each year.

One economist found that platooning might be harming kids and two other economists found that looping is quite beneficial. The reason one doesn’t work and the other does may be related.

“These studies are important because they tell us that teacher-student relationships matter,” said Tyrone Howard, a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is writing a book on the research about students’ relationships with their teachers and how well they learn. ”I think schools in many ways have put the cart before the horse. What they’ve done is they want to jump right into academics and really dismiss or minimize the importance of relationships.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

Teacher-Student relationships DO matter.  Many times our own children had a Teacher, especially in Elementary and Middle School, that we wished they could keep in the next grade because of the great relationship.

But as you all might expect, the worst of the options, “platooning” is what the vast majority of SDUSD schools currently use.

SDUSD Stakeholders might think that Elementary School Superintendent Marten would recognize that “looping” is much better but, as usual, Marten falls dramatically low on competence even in this basic premise.

A very simple solution, but still too complex for the simple minds of the current SDUSD Superintendent and Board of Education.

What a waste…and what a shame!

Now for our Quote of the Week:

“The Strength of our Student Relationships Makes the Difference in Translating our passion for Teaching into their passion for Learning”  – Beth Morrow

Have a great week!!!

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