I’ve had a little push back from time to time on the claims I’ve made about urban schools. I’ve acknowledged that data on the few middle class and even wealthy kids who attend poor urban schools is limited and can almost always only be teased out from the much greater focus given to analyzing and understanding the performance of poor children.
That said, my own personal, albeit anecdotal evidence continues to pile up. Having received my step-daughter’s 2016 3rd grade PARCC math score from her “level 4, seriously underperforming, in danger of state takeover” elementary school we saw this:
To put this in perspective, a score of 809 would put her in the 99th percentile, the 99.9th percentile score starts at a score of 836.
My wife and I do not teach her math at home, though I did once find a video explaining parallel and perpendicular lines on YouTube for her! I find it hard to believe that she has suffered academically in city schools, not any more than my older daughters did.
Nope. I’ll give her, and her failing school, all the credit. When we get her English score, I’ll share that too.
Update: 826 98th percentile in reading.