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January 22, 2013

Achievement gap exists for both longtime, new Madison students

Matthew DeFour:

The data showed the same result overall, but found new students are disproportionately low-income or minorities. Comparing students in similar racial and income groups, the district found time spent in the district did not explain the difference in test results.

The new district analysis challenges Mayor Paul Soglin's focus in recent months on students moving to Madison from larger cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago. Soglin has called for alternative programs specifically geared toward new students to help improve low-income and minority student achievement.

"The practical fact is that mobility and newness are things we take into consideration, but when we plan how we're going to address learning needs, they're not the most important factors," Superintendent Jane Belmore said.

I'm glad Mr. DeFour continues to look into this important issue.

Related links:

"When controlling for demographic characteristics, the effects of additional years in MMSD on WKCE scores are largely ambiguous". An Update on Madison's Transfer Students & The Achievement Gap.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin: "We are not interested in the development of new charter schools".

Posted by Jim Zellmer at January 22, 2013 4:57 AM
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