Last Friday, Bridget McGuiggan, D181’s Director of Communications emailed all parents a summary of the June 10 Board Meeting. The summary is not accurate, although we applaud the detail of the meeting provided.
The major discussion item was on the MAP scores. Unfortunately, the summary misrepresented the facts. McGuiggan reported that with regards to the Math data, "Russell explained that the District is doing very well in achievement across grade levels and schools, with student results consistently in the 97th -99th percentile. However, growth data suggests that there are still areas that could be improved."
It is false to state that students are consistently performing in the 97th to 99th percentile. Yes, it is true that some students are performing at this level, but the data that was presented at the meeting was that the "school data" showed that as compared to other schools across the country that give the MAP test, D181 schools are performing at these percentiles.
It is also a distortion of the facts by Dr. Schuster, Dr. Schneider and Mr. Russell to state that the MAP reading scores are the "highest they have been." As Board Member Garg pointed out during the meeting, the reality is that as students progress from grade to grade, their RIT scores will increase, but fall short against the increases demonstrated nationally by children in the same grades. What Schuster and her Administration are failing to report to either the board or in the summary sent to parents is the percentage of students per grade who had zero or negative growth on the MAP test and their subsequent RIT scores.
The only Board members who are asking the necessary questions about the data are Mr Heneghan and Ms. Garg. Where are the other Board members on these disappointing results and why are they not demanding more of our administration?