Well today when talking about the transformation schools he made some more.
From the Times Union: Vitti said the district’s mid-year reading and math scores show
that students in transformation schools, from kindergarten through fifth grade,
have exceeded a year’s worth of expected growth in reading, with fourth and
fifth grades making the most headway. Likewise in math, students in
transformation schools in grades three through five exceeded a year’s growth,
while kindergartners, first- and second-graders made about 80 percent of a
levels are far lower than at other schools, mid-year data show.
are on target for grade-level proficiency in math. But at transformation
schools, only 38 percent are at or near that level, data show.
target, but only 44 percent are, at the transformation schools.
Duval’s students score at or near grade level in reading, but only 16 percent
of fourth-graders and 26 percent of fifth-graders are at grade level in the
“but (it’s) a commitment to sustained and aggressive growth to accelerate
student performance to grade-level standards.”
He is right it’s not a quick fix but it’s not a three year fix either which is what the QEA is going to pay for. Furthermore it’s not just a school fix, we should have behavioral supports and wrap around services going on if we really want to make a difference too.
Vitti however threw most of his eggs in the merit pay basket because that’s what the businessmen who gave the money wanted. They don’t understand that education is so much more than a good teacher in front of a class and instead of being the adult in the room and explaining it to them Vitti just went along.
His whole spiel seems to be setting us up for disappointment.