It is the American way to follow other states failed experiments. Texas is following the failed idea of assigning letter grades to individual campuses.
Despite the documented failure of the Tennessee Achievement District, the Charlotte Observer thinks it is worth a try to copy the same model in North Carolina. In Tennessee, the ASD was created to take over neighborhood public schools that rated in the lowest 5% in the state based on test scores and give them to charter operators. Within five years, starting in 2012, those charter schools would rank in the top 25% in the state. But the ASD schools are not on track to show any improvement.
Gary Rubinstein demonstrated that four of the original six schools in the ASD remained in the bottom 5%, while the other two are in the bottom 6%.
A recent Vanderbilt study concluded that the ASD schools were ineffective, although they held out hope that they might get better over time.
Ron Zimmer of Vanderbilt said the study showed that the district’s own…
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