The 2018 Smarter Balanced test scores were released a few moments ago and the bottom line is not good.

After all of the district’s “experts” (a trustee term), the paid consultants, the curriculum juggling, the community input, the testing, and who knows what else, the N-MUSD managed only a 1.28% boost in English scores and an even worse 1.08% in math. Here’s the official district-wide scorecard for the percentage of students who met or exceeded the state standards:

2017 English      2018 English   Difference          2017 English  2017 Math       Difference

58.57%                   59.85%       +1.28%                     49.99%        51.07%            +1.08%

One point. After all that, the needle moved only one point.

The district spin

The folks on Bear St. will take this data and slice it and dice it six ways to Sunday to spin it in their favor. They’ll carve out specific schools or chunks of them and report on these amazing, wonderful, fabulous gains that came about because of the collaborative effort of… you know the rest.

But the numbers don’t lie. Most shocking on the list is are the declines at Lincoln: 8.6% in English and 9.49% in math.

Here is the link to the full district list from EdSource: http://caaspp.edsource.org/

Here is the official search engine from the state: https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2018/Search?ps=true&lstTestYear=2018&lstTestType=B&lstGroup=1&lstCounty=30&lstDistrict=66597-000&lstSchool=3032000

And here is my list, which digests the information in a different way. There are four categories for results:

Standard not met
Standard nearly met
Standard met
Standard exceeded

I don’t buy into the “Standard nearly met” spin. Either the standard was met or it wasn’t. So here is my list: The percentage of students at each school who did NOT meet the state standards.

Viewed this way, it is a real eye-opener, shocking, in fact. Even in many schools where there is some improvement, there is still nothing to shout about. But the district will shout because it is a reflection of the low bar that has been set by the current administration and trustees. For them, good enough seems to be good enough,

School                                     2017 English  2017 Math        2018 English     2018 Math

Adams                                                 49                   60                    50                    62
TeWinkle                                             59                   69                   64                    65
California                                            19                   38                   32                    42
College Park                                        70                   77                   70                    77
Rea                                                        82                    84                   76                    80

Wilson                                                 68                   69                     63                    75
Whittier                                                77                  85                   70                    76
Victoria                                                60                   65                    59                    67
Estancia High (11th grade)              51                   83                   52                    80
Killybrooke                                         32                   43                   31                    34

Davis                                                     22                   27                   20                    22
Paularino                                            50                   55                   44                   54
Pomona                                               65                   66                    62                    65
Sonora                                                 29                   51                   37                    55
Kaiser                                                  33                   37                    30                    32

Costa Mesa High                                55                   66                      55                    67
Kaiser                                                  33                   37                      31                    32
Mariners                                             25                  27                      26                    28
Newport Hts                                       34                  38                     24                    40
Eastbluff                                              23                  34                     23                    24

Harbor View                                      17                  23                    22                    28
Newport El                                         29                  30                    22                    32
Newport Coast                                   21                 23                    16                    26
Anderson                                            17                 15                    14                    16
NHHS                                                  33                  62                    37                    59

CdM High                                           28                   36                    27                    40
Ensign                                                 36                   44                    34                    41
Lincoln                                               25                   30                    33 (-8.6%)       39 (-9.49%)

One lousy percentage point. Is that all we get for our money?

It’s way past time for a change. Vote for these people to give someone else a turn at the wheel:

Area 4: Dr. Gina Nick: https://www.facebook.com/DrGinaNickNMUSD/

Area 2: Michelle Murphy: https://murphyfornewportmesa.com/

Area 7: Ashley Anderson: www.ashleyandersonNMUSD.com

Area 5: Michelle Barto: https://www.votebarto4board.org/

It’s time to elect these four candidates, each of whom understands and embraces the concepts of accountability, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.

These four candidates will provide new ideas and new leadership.

Voting starts next week with the mailing of absentee/vote-by-mail ballots. Cast your vote for one of these four in your Area and tell your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same.

Steve Smith

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