On another post Anonymous wrote:
PPS GRAPHS PROGRESS ON PSSA OVER LAST 10 YEARS . . . .
Notice the Pittsburgh Public School Chart that graphs the district’s progress (or lack thereof) on PSSA over the past ten years. You will see that the progress during the Roosevelt/Lane years was a point or two per year and 15 to 20 points below the PA minimum target!
However prior to the Roosevelt/ Lane regime, the progress in Reading was 10% in one year and the progress in Math was 20% in one year.
After Roosevelt arrived continuing progress dropped off dramatically, while minimum achievement targets rose by 9-10 points every three years!
(The 2012 PA minimum target in Reading is 82% and in Math it is 73%.)
In 2003, PPS MET the STATE’S MINIMUM TARGET in READING and MATH. (Before Roosevelt/Lane)
In 2012, PPS is 20 pts. SHORT of the PA MINIMUM TARGET in READING and 15 pts SHORT of the PA MINIMUM TARGET in MATH !
Remember that the skills assessed by the PSSA remained the same over 10 years, so you would assume that each year students would move forward as the same skills were taught year after year. Yet in PPS students fell further behind each year during the Lane Administration in terms of making progress. Unbelievable! ???