A lot of you were skeptical that Atlanta Public Schools would bring in credible experts to review test score swings that an AJC investigative team uncovered in a series of reports. For those stories, the AJC presented the findings of reporter Heather Vogell and data-base investigative reporter Johny Perry to national experts who called them hard to believe.
Now, Superintendent Beverly Hall is going to ask Andrew Porter, education dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and Douglas Reeves, a nationally recognized consultant on improving student achievement in K-12 schools, to conduct a review that is expected to take several months.
According to the AJC story:
Hall announced three weeks ago that she would seek outside help after an analysis published in October by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed that 19 schools statewide reported extraordinary gains or drops in state test scores between spring of last year and this year. A dozen of those schools are in Atlanta, including the city’s West Manor and Peyton Forest elementary schools where students went from among the bottom performers statewide to among the best over the course of one year. According to the AJC analysis, the odds of making such a leap were less than one in a billion.
On Friday, Hall said Porter would look specifically at testing data at the 12 schools. Reeves will visit classrooms and talk with teachers and administrators to determine what factors at their schools may impact student achievement.
Are you feeling more confident now that this will be a legitimate review?