Archives for the month of: June, 2012

The first 5 charts on this Historinhas post tell the story. (And, for Fed Watchers, declining inflation expectations, too.)

update 1/11/2012: Michael Darda’s “jobs gap” chart (click to enlarge)

0 Darda - Employment Gap

from Bloomberg, a useful list:

  1. Giving out raises faster than revenues are growing.
  2. Giving out raises and increasing benefits when revenues are falling.
  3. Giving out raises and benefits retroactively.
  4. Allowing employees to cash out unlimited amounts of sick leave when they retire.
  5. Providing lifetime health care for retirees.

In San Jose, these mistakes have resulted in a sharp drop in number of public employees per 1000 residents:

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Andy Isaacs bio

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SOURCE: Student Performance Review – May 1, 2012
(please click on link for full report)

AND SEE:
ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts

[T]he percentage of ALL graduating seniors, including those who never got near an AP course, who had at least one score of 3 or above on at least one AP test sometime in high school.

Challenge Index’s unabridged methodology
By Jay Mathews 5/23/2011

AND SEE:
AP pass rates
55.6% I.H.S. pass at least 1 AP exam by graduation
Why the AP pass rate matters
What is the Equity and Excellence score?
College readiness scores (US News)

The 2012 Challenge Index shows 55.6% of Irvington students passing at least one AP exam by graduation.

The reason this figure matters is that Advanced Placement courses are, in theory, the equivalent of a college course.

So: 92% of Irvington students attend a 4-year college the year after graduation, but just 55.6% of Irvington students have passed at least one AP exam during high school.

What happens during the summer after graduation to make the other 36% ready to take a college-level course and succeed?

AND SEE:
AP pass rates
55.6% I.H.S. pass at least 1 AP exam by graduation
Why the AP pass rate matters
What is the Equity and Excellence score?
College readiness scores (US News)
Explanation of “Equity and Excellence” score (E&E)

It goes without saying that when 7th grade students choose their own reading material, they do not select “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”

AND SEE:
What do home buyers want?
Curriculum & property values
Children choosing books
E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence by grade
Per pupil spending

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

AND SEE:
Robert Pondiscio on Reading Workshop (scroll down)
A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like
By MOTOKO RICH August 29, 2009

Call me E.D. Hirsch
Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds
By Anna M. Phillips March 11, 2012

Sandra Stotsky on students choosing their own books in English class

What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students
in American Schools 2012 | Renaissance Learning
What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in
..American Schools 2013 | Renaissance Learning

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SOURCE: Student Performance Review – May 1, 2012
(please click on link for full report)

AND SEE:
ELA scores – grades 3-8 & Regents (5/1/2012)
ELA scores compared (5/1/2012)
AP pass rates (5/1/2012)
math scores (5/1/2012)
math scores compared (5/1/2012)

per pupil spending
What do home buyers want?
what people who do not have children in the schools spend to educate the children of people who do

AND SEE:
ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts

Irvington: Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop

IUFSD has adopted Lucy Calkins’ Reading Workshop (scroll down) , a “balanced literacy” approach to English Language Arts that rejects assigned reading in favor of each student choosing the book he or she will read.

In 7th grade, IMS students read two shared (whole class) novels:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (reading level: Grade 5.1)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (reading level: Grad 5.9)

Below is a partial list of books Irvington 7th graders read during Fall 2011, provided by IMS principal David Sottile: these are the books individual children chose to read. By March, students were on track to read approximately 25 books apiece in total during the school year, all but 2 of their own choosing.

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Core Knowledge: 7th Grade English Reading List

The works listed below are assigned reading. All students read, discuss, study, and write about each work in the curriculum.

If Irvington were to adopt Core Knowledge (or a variant of Core Knowledge), we would be able to post this curriculum on the district website and distribute it to realtors. This is the curriculum many (perhaps most) parents want; this is the curriculum (or one like it) people pay private and parochial schools to provide to their children.

NOTE: the Core Knowledge curriculum is free.

POEMS
Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe)
Because I could not stop for Death (Emily Dickinson)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
The Chimney Sweeper (both versions from The Songs of Innocence and The Songs
of Experience; William Blake)
The Cremation of Sam McGee (Robert Service)
Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen)
Fire and Ice; Nothing Gold Can Stay (Robert Frost)
Heritage (Countee Cullen)
Macavity: The Mystery Cat (T.S. Eliot)
The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Harlem; Life is Fine (Langston Hughes)
This Is Just to Say; The Red Wheelbarrow (William Carlos Williams)

SHORT STORIES
“The Gift of the Magi” (O. Henry)
“The Necklace” (Guy de Maupassant)
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (James Thurber)
“The Tell-Tale Heart”; “The Purloined Letter” (Edgar Allan Poe)

NOVELS AND NOVELLAS
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

ESSAYS AND SPEECHES
“Shooting an Elephant” (George Orwell)
“The Night the Bed Fell” (James Thurber)
“Declaration of War on Japan” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)

DRAMA
Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand)

SOURCE: Core Knowledge Sequence: Content and Skill Guidelines for Grades K–8

AND SEE:
Robert Pondiscio on Reading Workshop (scroll down)
A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like
By MOTOKO RICH August 29, 2009

Call me E.D. Hirsch
Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds
By Anna M. Phillips March 11, 2012

Sandra Stotsky on students choosing their own books in English class

What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading habits of Students
in American Schools 2012 | Renaissance Learning

What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in
..American Schools 2013 | Renaissance Learning

What do home buyers want?
Curriculum & property values
Children choosing books

E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence by grade
Per pupil spending

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Levels 3 and 4 should be disaggregated and the cut scores and ranges specified.

From presentation: “As of July, 2010, NYSED updated its definitions for achievement levels. %Lev1 is defined as “Below Standard”. %Lev2 is defined as “Meets Basic Standard”. %Lev3 is defined as “Meets Proficiency Standard”. %Lev4 is defined as “Exceeds Proficiency Standard”. See the NYSED web site for more information.”

SOURCE: Student Performance Review – May 1, 2012
(please click on link for full report)

AND SEE:
ELA scores – grades 3-8 & Regents (5/1/2012)
ELA scores compared (5/1/2012)
AP pass rates (5/1/2012)
math scores (5/1/2012)
math scores compared (5/1/2012)

per pupil spending
What do home buyers want?

AND SEE:
ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts

Equity & Excellence (E&E) scores.

Equity & Excellence is “the percentage of grapduates who passed at least one college-level test [AP or IB] during their high school career.”

New York
high schools

(131 schools)

2012
Equity and Excellence:
% passing at least 1
AP exam by graduation
Bronxville  95.9%
Rye  91%
Horace Greeley
2011
 79%
Edgemont  78%
Yonkers  77% (IB program)
Dobbs Ferry  74% IB (52.8% in 2011)*
Adlai Stevenson
High School
Lincolnshire, IL
 70.8%
Pleasantville  66%
Rye Neck  65%
Briarcliff  61%
Irvington  55.6%
Croton Harmon  55%
Sleepy Hollow  39.8%

* With only 2 years of data, it’s not clear how to interpret Dobbs Ferry’s jump.

UPDATE 11/23/2013: According to the high school principal, our most recent “Equity and Excellence” score is 63%. Sixty-three percent of last year’s graduating class had passed at least one AP test.

AND SEE:
ELA scores – grades 3-8 & Regents (5/1/2012)
ELA scores compared (5/1/2012)
AP pass rates (5/1/2012)
Math scores (5/1/2012)
Math scores compared (5/1/2012)

Per pupil spending
What do home buyers want?

ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
AP pass rates
55.6% I.H.S. pass at least 1 AP exam by graduation
Why the AP pass rate matters
What is the Equity and Excellence score?
College readiness scores (US News)

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SOURCE: Student Performance Review – May 1, 2012
(please click on link for full report)

AND SEE:
ELA scores – grades 3-8 & Regents (5/1/2012)
ELA scores compared (5/1/2012)
AP pass rates (5/1/2012)
math scores (5/1/2012)
math scores compared (5/1/2012)

per pupil spending
What do home buyers want?

AND SEE:
ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts

Click on screen shots to enlarge


from presentation: As of July, 2010, NYSED updated its definitions for achievement levels. %Lev1 is defined as “Below Standard”. %Lev2 is defined as “Meets Basic Standard”. %Lev3 is defined as “Meets Proficiency Standard”. %Lev4 is defined as “Exceeds Proficiency Standard”. See the NYSED web site for more information.




SOURCE: Student Performance Review – May 1, 2012
(please click on link for full report)

The Powerpoint doesn’t tell us how many students took Algebra/Trigonometry.

AND SEE:
ELA scores – grades 3-8 & Regents (5/1/2012)
ELA scores compared (5/1/2012)
AP pass rates (5/1/2012)
Math scores (5/1/2012)
Math scores compared (5/1/2012)

Per pupil spending
What do home buyers want?

AND SEE:
ALL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT POSTS
INDEX of topics and posts