The students obviously get that something is wrong with Jackson’s leadership. In 2009-2010, there were nearly 1200 students. Enrollment as of 6/11/12 was a little over 700 students.
1200-700=500 students GONE
With regards to academic performance, the school has not made a lot of progress since she first became principal of the school.
In 2007, Reading proficiency was 18%. In 2012, it has only increased by 1 percentage point to 19%.
In 2007, Writing proficiency was 80%. In 2012, it has only increased by 2 percentage points.
Some are going to argue that she has been able to increase the number of students making gains. And gains are great. However, we need to create a culture of moving our students to proficiency. Iranetta cannot get these kids proficient and the sad truth is when you get rid of some of your worse performers scores are going to go up.
Another argument some might make is the improbability of real improvement happening at the high school level.
Well, let’s look at Ribault High School which has had more F grades than any other school in Northeast Florida before Dr. Young arrived in 2009.
Reading proficiency was 18% when he arrived. In 2012, the Reading proficiency has increased by 13 percentage points to 31% (highest in school’s history).
Writing proficiency was 75%. In 2012, the Writing proficiency increased by 5 percentage points to 80%.
What Iranetta had not been able to do in her almost 6 years before the district started to make super human efforts at Jackson and almost half the student body left, Young was able to do 3 years. Oh and Young was loved and respected by his staff while Wright is feared.
Here is the thing even if you love wright shouldn’t she prove she can turn a school around without superhuman initiatives before she is put in charge of a whole bunch of schools? What exactly has she done to merit this promotion? As far as I can tell, nothing.
For shame Superintendent Vitti, you can do better and you are going to have to if you want the district to.