Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.I criticized him then for buying into the reform movement's political hype of successful models based around anti-union, anti-teacher rhetoric and hubris about "high expectations" with no real discussion of addressing the real problems high-SES schools face.
Surprise, surprise, a year later new test results find Bruce Randolph School floundering. Each school in Colorado is given a yearly score measuring the percentage of students who are academically proficient. According to the Colorado department of Education,
"the Achievement Indicator reflects how a school's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments."In 2010, Bruce Randolph had a proficiency score of 25%. In 2011, the score was 25%. What do you guess it will be for 2012? Is this what a race to the top looks like?
This doesn't sound like reform to me. It sounds like just the sort of low standards the reformers are always criticizing.