|Re: Lewisville Parents Take Advantage of School Choice, ...|
Poster: JEhinger Posted: 2012/9/13 9:44:47
I agree that it's more likely to cause the students with parents who care more and therefore it's likely to make the higher testers to transfer to other schools - thereby lowering the average scores and making it even harder for the under performing school to make whatever testing level is mandated this week.
It also creates a dysfunctional incentive for parents who want to be able to transfer their kids to hope that the current school fails so as to allow transfers out. The whole idea that you're gonna fix a school's students' test scores on achievement tests by enabling transfers out and loss of funds is so short sighted, moralistic and impractical I can't look right at it.
I think it's way too easy to jump on the racial/ethnic issue and attribute his concerns to that. I think his fairly frank comments about his perception of the economic situation of Lewisville students makes it pretty clear he assumes these kids are poor apartment residents whose parents don't value education and thus having these kids transfer in will undermine his school's scores, and thereby lower property values. Even if some people who share this concern also have some racial/ethnic concerns, even if you removed those entirely, you'd still have a core, class-based concern.
As for the statement that LTJ wasn't aware of the AYP problems, note:
http://lewisvilletexan.com/xoops/modu ... /article.php?storyid=2853