McKinney ISD & NCLB Part I

George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States of America on January 20, 2001. After Bush finished replacing all of the “W”s stolen and repaired vandalism damage from the outgoing Clinton staff, Bush invited the Kennedy family to the White House to watch “Thirteen Days,” the movie about John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis.

The invitation was effort to repair and restore the relations with Democrats after the 2000 election. President Bill Clinton had failed to get the program through Congress, but Bush, working closely with Senator Ted Kennedy managed by the end of 2001 to get the education program known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB was designed to provide “stronger accountability for results, more freedom for states and communities, proven education methods, and more choices for parents”.

As with most grandiose federal programs, NCLB has generally been considered a failure due to many factors, including widespread, pervasive and organized cheating in large cities, such as New OrleansAtlanta and New Orleans.

In Texas alone, the cost of the testing is outrageous. Texas has a five year contract with Pearson for testing Texas students for $462 million. The state of New York has a five year contract for $32 million.

McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy expressed disdain for the testing in a joint letter to state lawmakers noting “standardized, high stakes testing is strangling our public schools and undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into an educational opportunity that prepares our students to be competitive on a global stage.

So, just how have McKinney ISD student fared under No Child Left Behind?

Not good.

As noted here, in 2011-2012, McKinney ISD has 13 schools that have not met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The following is a chart detailing McKinney ISD school performance under NCLB.

No Child Left Behind  2008-09  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
 MCKINNEY ISD  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Missed AYP NONE Missed AYP STAGE 1 READ
 ALBERT & IOLA LEE DAVIS MALVERN EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Missed AYP  NONE Missed AYP STAGE 1 MATH Meets AYP STAGE 1 MATH
 ARTHUR H MCNEIL EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 BURKS EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Meets AYP NONE Missed AYP NONE
 C T EDDINS EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 CALDWELL EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Meets AYP NONE Missed AYP NONE
 COUNTY RESIDENTIAL CENTER  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 DEAN AND MILDRED BENNETT EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 DOWELL MIDDLE  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 DR JACK COCKRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL  Not Evaluated  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 EARL & LOTTIE WOLFORD EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 FAUBION MIDDLE  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 FINCH EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Missed AYP NONE Meets AYP NONE
 GARY AND BOBBYE JACK MINSHEW EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 GLEN OAKS EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 HERMAN LAWSON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENT  Not Evaluated  n/a Meets AYP NONE Meets AYP NONE
 J B WILMETH EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 J J A E P  Not Evaluated  n/a  Not Evaluated  n/a Not Evaluated n/a Not Evaluated n/a
 JESSE MCGOWEN EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 JOSE DE JESUS AND MARIA LUISA VEGA  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 LEONARD EVANS JR MIDDLE  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 MCKINNEY BOYD H S  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 MCKINNEY H S  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 MCKINNEY NORTH H S  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 NAOMI PRESS EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Missed AYP NONE Missed AYP STAGE 1 MATH READ
 REUBEN JOHNSON EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 ROY LEE WALKER EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 SCOTT MORGAN JOHNSON MIDDLE  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Missed AYP n/a Missed AYP n/a
 SERENITY HIGH  Not Evaluated  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Not Evaluated n/a Not Evaluated n/a
 SLAUGHTER EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  NONE Missed AYP NONE Missed AYP STAGE 1 READ
 THE L I N C CTR  Missed AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a
 VALLEY CREEK EL  Meets AYP  n/a  Meets AYP  n/a Meets AYP n/a Meets AYP n/a
 WEBB EL  Meets AYP  NONE  Meets AYP  NONE Meets AYP NONE Missed AYP NONE

Dr. Kennedy dismisses the poor performance stating “The unfortunate thing is that the Federal Government is trying to make something simple out of something that is complicated. They are trying to do something with a broad brush judgment of schools and districts that really isn’t a true reflection of success of schools.

While I fundamentally agree with Dr. Kennedy’s view of standardized testing and federal government interference, I strongly disagree with his dismissal of these results as “misleading” or “ridiculous” because they have been “been ratcheting up the requirements“.

McKinney ISD has major problems. Hiding the issues or blaming the problems on the testing or the federal government, does not hack it.

Coming up is a deeper analysis of the progress of McKinney ISD students under NCLB.

Curtis Rath
Email: rathpack@gmail.com
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McKinney ISD Board of Trustees
Bobby Amick
Amy Dankel
Kathi Livezey
Wade Johnson
Maria McKinzie
Curtis Rippee
Lynn Sperry

MISD Profile and Statistics
http://www.mckinneyisd.net/about/profile/

McKinney ISD Financial Information
http://www.mckinneyisd.net/departments/business/

Academic Excellence Indicator System
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis

Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/

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