238? Give Us the Real Story, Governor Snyder

bildeThe governor recently received thousands of emails opposing his plan to: 1) create a statewide school system, 2) run it under the authority of the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), and 3) allow charter schools to be selective in choosing the students they would serve.  In the governor’s answer to these thousands of emails, he cited a statistic that said 238 high schools in Michigan have zero percent of their students proficient in math or reading.

Like some of the other numbers on the governor’s dashboard, this one is incomplete and therefore misleading. And, it is two years old. Let me give you the analysis for the 238 schools from 2010, and then I will give you the analysis for 156 schools in 2012.

Here is the breakdown on those 238 high schools:

A) Of the 245 schools listed on MDE’s website, from which the governor is pulling his number of 238:

  • 90% have 102 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 75% have 43 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 50% have 24 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 25% have 14 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 10% have 10 or 11 students with college reportable scores

B) Only 3 of the governor’s 238 high schools have 200 or more students with college reportable scores. That is because most of the schools on his list are schools for adjudicated youth, public school academies (charter schools), alternative high schools, or special education high schools. Schools specially designed for high school students who are experiencing major challenges with learning and life.

C) In addition, 85% of the schools on the governor’s list have more than 50% of their students living in poverty and qualifying for free and reduced lunch. 

And now for the schools that the governor would probably be referencing in 2012:

  • 94% have 100 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 75% have 37 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 50% have 23 or fewer students with college reportable scores
  • 25% have 14 or fewer students with college reportable scores

Again: 85% of the schools on this list have more than 50% of their students living in poverty and qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

Again: Most of the schools on this list are schools for adjudicated youth, PSAs (charter schools), alternative education or special education high schools.

We once again ask the governor to not use cherry-picked data to cast a negative picture of Michigan public education. Yes, of course there are things that have to continue to improve, but we need REAL DATA to work on those real things.

From Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools

Dr. Vickie Markavitch

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3 comments

  1. Andrea · · Reply

    Finally. I spotted this when I went to search down the data for myself and I was horrified. I kept posting it everywhere, but no one seemed to be picking up on this terrible misuse of statistics. Thank you so much. This needs to be spread far and wide.

  2. Thank you, Andrea. We’re horrified by the stats spin, too. Please share the link and info!

  3. This is what happens when you elect a corporate raider as governor of a state. Those that voted for him got what the should have expected, a republican, anti-union liar!

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