Two years ago, I (Maureen Downey, AJC education writer) asked Dr. Hall about whether there was any effort to reconcile astounding middle school performance on the CRCT with high school performance, She said that the students could not be followed to high school because they didn’t necessarily move as a group to the same school. But a system that was “data driven,” as Dr. Hall often described APS, should have looked more deeply at waves of students who soared to unprecedented heights in middle school only to crash in high school.
Hall wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to look too closely at fantastic results. Many top education foundations, including the Annie E. Casey, Gates and Broad foundations, celebrated the data coming out of APS.(1)
This is not surprising, the Gates Foundation is staffed by no-nothing twerps from Ivy League schools who have not a shred of life experience, and a condescending attitude to 'those people' living in the ghetto along with their stupid teachers. They are devoid of empathy and therefore understanding, not surprising in a schlerotic meritocracy such as ours.
Interestingly, there is another Gates Foundation supported school district - Memphis - that has seen unusually strong test score increases the last few years. In fact, Obama visited a high school in Memphis at graduation time to 'reward' them for their test scores.
1' Get Schooled Dr. Hall: I knew nothing about cheating in Atlanta schools.' - Maureen Downey, AJC
2'Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level' - AJC