Williams' History of Success: A REAL look at the data
If you haven't already, take a look at Simon's editorial in today's News, "Debating whether the past is prologue for Williams".
Simon's "analysis" centers around this principal claim:
When ninth-grade achievement tests were launched in Ohio in 1995-96, Dayton's scores ranked near the bottom in relation to the state's comparable urban districts.People will read what they want into the data, as obviously Simon already has. But consider this:
And when Williams' contract was bought out three years later, ninth-grade achievement continued to be below the levels in other Ohio cities.
If you look at the 9th grade assessments that are used in Ohio, Dayton made progress in every one of the five areas tested during Dr. Williams’ tenure there. In fact the trend even continued for a couple of years after he left, which indicates that there was a system in place that resulted in continuous improvement.
I would have to say that improvement in every area, year after year, would have to be viewed as a positive indicator. If that were the case in Buffalo, we would be pretty pleased with that.
I am disappointed that some people are trying to portray this data as negative. According to the state education officials cited in the news report, Dayton is most similar to Youngstown in terms of demographics. If you compare the data between those two districts, Dayton outperformed its closed peer on every measure.
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