Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dunwoody High School & Peachtree Charter Middle School
End-Of-Course Georgia Milestones Test Scores 2015-2016

The Georgia Department of Education has released the End-of-Course (EOC) and End-of-Grade (EOG) Georgia Milestones Test Scores for the 2015-2016 school year.

For a teacher perspective on these tests please read this post from Ms. Rebekah Morris' blog:

Below are the test scores for Fall and Spring Semester for Dunwoody HS.  Also included are the EOC Test results for the Peachtree Charter Middle School students who took the EOC Coordinate Algebra and Physical Science tests. 

I will post the End-of-Grade test scores for Elementary and Middle school in the next few days.

Click on the following link to view test scores for Fall Semester, 2015:

Click on the following link to view test scores for Spring Semester, 2016:

Dunwoody High School End of Course Tests  (Fall Semester)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
% Students Prepared for Next Level
Needs Substantial Academic Support to be prepared for next grade level/course/college & career readiness
Needs Additional academic support to be prepared for next grade level /course/college & career readiness
Prepared for next grade level/course/college & career readiness
Well prepared for next grade level/course/college & career readiness
9th Grade Literature
11.5 (27 students)
31.7 (77 students)
49.0 (120 students)
7.8 (19 students)
56.8 (139 students)
American Literature
10.4 (23 students)
32.0 (71 students)
31.5 (70 students)
26.1 (58 students)
57.7 (128 students)
Analytic Geometry
6.1 (9 students)
14.9 (22 students)
41.9 (62 students)
37.2 (55 students)
79.1 (117 students)
11.8 (29 students)
18.7 (46 students)
44.3 (109 students)
25.2 (62 students)
69.5 (171 students)
Coordinate Algebra
10.9 (16 students)
18.4 (27 students)
53.1 (78 students)
17.7 (26 students)
70.7 (104 students)
3.4 (6 students)
11.3 (20 students)
31.6 (56 students)
53.7 (95 students)
85.3 (151 students)
US History
13.5 (26 students)
21.9 (42 students)
39.6 (76 students)
25.0 (48 students)
64.6 (124 students)
Dunwoody High School End of Course Tests (Spring Semester)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
% Students Prepared for Next Level
9th Grade Literature
16.7 (43 students)
19.4 (50 students)
45.3 (117 students)
18.6 (48 students)
64.0 (165 students)
American Literature
16.1 (31 students)
28.0 (54 students)
28.0 (54 students)
28.0 (54 students)
56.0 (108 students)
Analytic Geometry
24.5 (85 students)
37.2 (129 students)
28.0 (97 students)
10.4 (36 students)
38.3 (133 students)
22.6 (48 students)
18.4 (39 students)
33 (70 students)
25.9 (55 students)
59.0 (125 students)
Coordinate Algebra
29.9 (101 students)
34 (115 students)
28.4 (96 students)
7.7 (26 students)
36.1 (122 students)
12.0 (19 students)
22.2 (35 students)
42.4 (67 students)
23.4 (37 students)
65.8 (104 students)
US History
10.4 (20 students)
26.9 (52 students)
39.9 (77 students)
22.8 (44 students)
62.7 (121 students)
Peachtree Charter MS End of Course Tests (Spring Semester)
# Students Tested
% Beginning Learner
% Developing Learner
% Proficient Learner
% Distinguished Learner
% Students Prepared for Next Level
Coordinate Algebra
11.1 (5 students)
88.9 (40 students)
100% (45 students)
Physical Science
2.6 (3 students)
33.9 (39 students)
63.5 (73 studnets)
97.4 (112 students)

Friday, July 15, 2016

DeKalb County School Board of Education
Fallen Back Into Old Ways?

One of the items on the 7/11/16, DeKalb School Board of Education Agenda was to vote on naming of the new elementary school that will be constructed on the site of the former Skyland Elementary School:

It is requested that the Board of Education waive the 5-year waiting period, and approve the naming of a temporary school to relieve overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster as John Robert Lewis Elementary School in honor of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District’s Congressman John Lewis.  The school will be temporarily located at 2383 North Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, until the construction of the new replacement elementary school has been constructed in the Cross Keys Cluster.  The name will move with the school to the permanent location. 

On the surface, this request and approval appears to be a “no-brainer”. I admire Rep. Lewis and I cannot imagine many people would not support this request. 
HOWEVER, it appears that this whole process was done in violation of Board of Education policies adopted in 2011 with regards to renaming facilities within DCSD:

You can read more about this debacle over at Stan Jester’s blog:
But, alas, the failure to follow Board Policy is not the only issue at hand.  Board Member Stan Jester began to ask questions to ascertain whether policy was followed and was met with a vile, invective, accusation of racism from fellow Board member Joyce Morley, in total violation of Board of Education Policy BH: Board Code of Ethics:

This was also covered by the AJC:

I had mental flashbacks to Board of Education Meetings of old, when these type of disrespectful BOE meetings were a normal occurrence…you know, one of the reasons DCSD was put on probation, the inability of the BOE to act in an adult, professional and respectful manner.  From the October 2012 AdvancedEd Special Review Report:  (Note:  DCSD was placed on probation in December of 2012, and only regained full accreditation on January  28, 2016).  

If you need a refresher of the issues that led to DCSD being placed on probation by AdvancED, you can read the October 2012 AdvancED report at the following link:

Now, a sane individual would believe, or hope, that this Board of Education would have taken note of the issues that brought DCSD almost to the point of losing accreditation - the bad behavior of past Boards of Education. Perhaps this BOE needs a reminder of the consequences of their actions as DCSD is "not out of woods, yet".  AdvancED will be issuing an accreditation report for DCSD for the 2016-2017 school year. 
From Advanced letter notifying DCSD of full accreditation:

“Although the Institution Progress Report provides evidence of the progress to date, it is incumbent upon the school system to continue to sustain the progress accomplished by engaging in the AdvancED continuous improvement process. The accreditation expiration date for DeKalb County School District is June 30, 2017. In order to maintain accreditation, the system is expected to conduct a thorough Internal Review in preparation for an on-site External Review to be held during the 2016-17 school year.

Hey, DCSD Board of Education…


DeKalb County School District Curriculum Audit

Update:  Ms. Rebekah Morris, a teacher at Cross Keys High Schools has reviewed the audit and posted her thoughts on her blog.  Click on the following link to read her review:

I received a copy of the DCSD Curriculum Audit from an concerned citizen who was able to get a copy via a Open Records Request.  I have not had a chance to go through as I am trying to catch up after being on vacation.  The document is over 500 pages - happy reading!!

Click the following link to access the Audit:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"A Sneak Peek at the Different Options for Secondary Schools in DeKalb"

Further information can be found within the following link to Stan Jester's blog:

Cross Keys HS Teacher, Ms. Rebekah Morris, has post up on her blog with a look at some of the options for Secondary School planning for DCSD:

"A member of the Oakcliff Neighborhood (located in Doraville), who serves on the steering committee in Region 1 for the Secondary Schools Facility Planning and Feasibility Study for DeKalb County Schools, recently sent out an email to the different neighborhood associations in the Doraville area. In this email, she broke down the different options presented by DCSD while also adding a bit of commentary.

She summarized the meeting in this way: “The meeting I attended at Chamblee HS last night was conducted like a focus group to get feedback about a draft of four options being considered as part of the Secondary Schools Facility Planning & Feasibility Study being conducted by DeKalb County and Education Planners LLC. The study is based on Enrollment Projections for 2022 and is focused on improving DeKalb County Public Secondary School facilities to better meet the needs of students. We were told to focus on student enrollment and four options were presented: OPTION 1- (new Cluster Approach), OPTION 2A- (Expanding Existing Capacity), OPTION 2B (Expanding Existing Capacity + Relocating Chamblee Magnets), OPTION 3 (Utilizing Existing Capacity).”

Click on the following link to read the entire blog post: