More than 15,000 students in Silicon Valley attend 28 persistently low-performing schools, according to Innovate Public Schools’ new report. Over the last five years, these schools have done worse than schools with similar populations of high-need, low-income, Latinos.
I helped edit the report for Innovate.
The report lists high-performing Silicon Valley schools — mostly charters — that educate disadvantaged students. It also includes profiles of successful turnaround efforts nationwide and research on what’s worked elsewhere.
I was very impressed by a rural California district, Sanger, that’s raised achievement levels dramatically.
Not surprisingly, the report has been controversial, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Superintendents say their schools, which haven’t improved reading and math scores in the last five years, are improving in other ways.
The move to Common Core standards has led to a moratorium on reporting test scores. It will be hard to track schools’ results over the next few years.