Thursday, October 15, 2009

Are Jefferson disaggregated results improving?

After my post two days ago on Jefferson County 2009 results for low-income children, I got an e-mail raising the issue of trends. If Jefferson group results are low, are they at least improving? The shortest answer is: mostly no.

For this post, I'm looking at NCLB groups: reduced lunch students, students with limited English, and for white, black, Hispanic, and Asian students. I'll add students with disabilities when those numbers are available.

For reading and mathematics, NCLB reports show us combined results for all grades, and those reports show that in terms of students proficient and above, from 2007 to 2009:
  • In reading, all 6 groups had declining results.
  • In mathematics, 5 groups had improving results and one (limited English) had a decline.
For science, social studies and mathematics, combined results for all grades are not available. Instead, for six groups and three levels of school, we have eighteen results to look at. From 2007 to 2009:
  • In science, 11 results declined and 7 improved.
  • In social studies, 12 results declined and 6 improved.
  • In writing, 11 results declined and 7 improved.
Below, I've organized the reading and math results in graphs, and switched to a table showing changes in science, social studies, and writing results.

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