Anchorage Daily News: Test scores decline in Anchorage schools by MEGAN HOLLAND
ANNUAL REPORT: Poor test results in 'three R's' come after four years of gains.
I guess the good news is that all of my kids schools did much better than the district, but I suspect that it's only a matter of time before they start showing declining scores.
Unfortunately, the Anchorage School District seems to have put itself on the path to less effectiveness.
Recently, the school board formally adopted Everyday Math after a flawed evaluation process. Of course, many schools in the district were already using Everyday Math.
In reading, the school district uses Houghton Mifflin Reading, which is just a repackaged whole language program with just enough phonics thrown in to meet the Reading First guidelines. It's effectiveness has yet to be determined according to the What Works Clearinghouse.
If the School Board had any common sense at all, they would take a look at what's happening over at Eagle Academy Charter School. According to their Profile of Performance, they are kicking ass. 73% advanced in Reading, 69% advanced in writing, and 75% advanced in math. Compare this to district percentages of 40%, 35%, and 40% respectively.
I tried to get my kids into Eagle Academy when I first arrived here, but unfortunately they didn't have enough slots for all my kids, and the logistics of getting them there was going to be to difficult. I would like to think that we provide an equivalent educational experience by supplementing our kids instruction at home, but it sure would be nice if the school district used charters schools like they should, and adopted the more successful instructional practices.