Two links/bits of information to pass along about the EAA and the general troubles in Detroit Public Schools. First, from the freep, “Detroit’s children continue to do worse in schools under state control (guest column),” which is by Wayne State University professor Tom Pedroni. A quote:
Students in DPS and EAA schools have declined precipitously relative to their state peers in every tested grade in reading, third through eighth. In third grade reading, the proficiency gap has widened by 7.3 points to 28.2; it widened 2.1 points in fourth grade, 1.7 points in fifth grade, 3.2 points in sixth grade, 3.8 points in seventh grade, and 4.7 in eighth grade.
In math, although students gained marginally on their state peers in sixth through eighth grades, students plummeted relative to their state peers in third, fourth, and fifth grade. In third grade, the math proficiency gap increased by 5.2 points to 26.6; in fourth grade it increased by 6.8 points to 29.2; and in fifth grade it increased by 8.0 points to 30.9.
For DPS and EAA students under state control, another year of educational possibility has been stolen.
And after the break comes a message from EMU professor Steve Wellinski, I think basically updates on College of Education actions in relation to the EAA.
By the way, I’d be happy to post something here that advocates for the EAA, but as far as I can tell, no one is really doing that. So why is this EAA thing still going on?