2013-14 Scores: NC 3rd Grader Reading Proficiency 60.2%?

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute has an article up at the PR Firm, EducationNC called, “Mapping NC student grade-level and subject proficiency by district, 2013-14

I’m looking at this article from the perspective of a ‘setting of the stage’ prior to the release of the 2014-15 scores. Remember, the EOG’s have been Common Core aligned for this year and the scoring and school grading systems monkeyed with. I anticipate triumphant op-eds and announcements of huge score gains… based on a system now set up to facilitate that outcome.

There is a breakout by district of reading proficiency percentages based on the Common Core aligned North Carolina EOG (End of Grade) test.

The article is preceded by a big map of the state with sliding menu items to look at various data points. One data point they have under the map is stagnant:  STATEWIDE: 60.2%.

test-memeSo in 2013-14, we were in year two of Common Core and our Third graders were at 60% proficiency in reading??

Also, only 11 districts breached the 70% mark. Wake county barely squeaked over the line with 70.1%.

For the reading, twenty one districts scored below 50%, including Weldon county schools, which had the lowest percentage of 26.7%.  North Carolina’s other large district, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, only scored 61.6%

Switching to the 3rd grade math, only 60.9% scored proficient. Over twenty five districts scored under 50% on the math, with Weldon schools last again at 29.3%.



Related item on Opting Out of the tests over at Instapundit:

JOY PULLMANN: The Civil Disobedience Charles Murray Wants Has Already Arrived.

The federal do-gooders who framed No Child Left Behind back in 2001 never envisioned that parents would take exception to their mandate that every child in grades three through eight (and once in high school) face annual math and reading tests. So the law is entirely silent on what happens if, as is happening now for the first time, thousands of parents across the country pull their kids in protest.

It’s hard to convey just how extraordinary this is. So here are a few snippets from just the past week’s news. In Germantown, Wisconsin, 62 percent of public-school students are sitting out tests. The district has been a hotbed of Common Core opposition, with a local school board among one of the handful nationwide to reject Common Core and decide to run with its own, higher-quality, curriculum. In Maine, “Cape Elizabeth saw 32 percent of its eighth-graders, 18 percent of its seventh-graders and 64 percent of its high school juniors opt out. There are many examples of high opt out rates across the state, but a reliable statewide tally isn’t yet available.” A bill to secure parents’ right to excuse their kids from mandatory tests recently passed the Delaware House 36 to 3 after a blaze of opt-outs left local schools scrambling. “A wide-ranging bill that would eliminate [national Common Core] tests in Ohio and limit state achievement tests to three hours per year passed the House 92-1 on Wednesday,” reported the Columbus Dispatch.

This is nowhere near a set of isolated incidents. In Washington state, every single junior at Nathan Hale High School (natch) refused state tests this spring. Somewhere around 200,000 children refused tests this spring in New York and, contrary to race-baiting from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, substantial numbers of these defiant parents were not white rich people. FairTest, a lefty organization not keen on rigorous data, nevertheless keeps compiling an impressive number of similar news stories each week.

What does this mean? Does it matter? While the opt-out numbers are unprecedented in American history, they still represent a very small proportion of U.S. schoolkids. I think they do matter, and that they signal many Americans are ready for Murray’s civil disobedience project. Here’s why.

So should I buy tar, feathers, and pitchfork futures? Sounds hopeful!



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#DM7 Article: Boy Scouts, Interrupted.

This is a repost of my weekly Da Tech Guy column: Boy Scouts, Interrupted.

By A.P. Dillon

Last week, I wrote about the assault on boyhood in my column, Boy, Interrupted. This week’s column is an extension of this topic highlighting the Boy Scouts, hence the title.

The assault on Boyhood has many forms. Here’s an example via the Washington Times:

The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website.

Wow. Boyscouts, interrupted.

Remember the slew of stories over the past few years of young boys being suspended from school for gun related gestures, drawings or pastries nibbled into a shape resembling a gun?

This is more of the same hysterical lunacy and to be “kind”,  it’s stupid. This isn’t about ‘kindness’, this is about a two-pronged agenda.

Prong one: Guns are bad. So sayeth our liberal friends who continually misinterpret and bash the Second Amendment in an effort to disarm our citizenry.

Prong two: Strip boys of the type play they have engaged in for as long as boys have been boys. In other words, emasculate them while they are young and impressionable.

Here’s a few basic facts that is true of almost all boys – past and present: They inexplicably come pre-programmed to love cars, win at games and can make explosion noises of a wide variety.

Boys also like to play cops and robbers or slay the monster type games. This is instinctual and vital play; it fosters the inherent instinct to protect ourselves and those we love.  Hi, survival of the species?

Choreographing and corralling play can cut off big lessons about life, consequences of actions and stunts the growth of personal responsibility.

Again, I say stand up for Boyhood and the future manhood of our sons.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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Regarding The POTUS’ Task Force On 21st Century Policing

This month, the Dept. of Justice released a report titled, The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

It contains multiple issues, but also persistent theme of keeping local law enforcement from actually enforcing some laws; specifically, immigration laws.

Key quotes:

“It is the view of this task force that whenever possible, state and local law enforcement should not be involved in immigration enforcement.”

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should terminate the use of the state and local criminal justice system, including through detention, notification, and transfer requests, to enforce civil immigration laws against civil and nonserious criminal offenders.”

“The U.S. Department of Justice should not include civil immigration information in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.

Another interesting quote:

“Law enforcement agencies should establish search and seizure procedures related to LGBTQ and transgender populations…”

Um… Ok — so a special set of laws for some people?

Who Are The Players
In the beginning of the report, there is a list who is involved in the task force.

The Co-Chairs are Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department and Laurie Robinson, Professor, George Mason University.

One would assume this task force would be filled with law enforcement types. That would be an incorrect assumption.

The other members are below:

  • Cedric L. Alexander, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety, DeKalb County
  • Georgia Jose Lopez, Lead Organizer, Make the Road New York
  • Tracey L. Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Brittany N. Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Susan Lee Rahr, Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Constance Rice, Co-Director, Advancement Project
  • Sean Michael Smoot, Director and Chief Counsel, Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois
  • Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Roberto Villaseñor, Chief of Police, Tucson Police Department

Teach for America??

What in the world is a Teach for America person like Packnett doing on a task force for policing??

Here’s why Packnett is there:

On the day of Brown’s shooting, Brittany Packnett, 30, the executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis, said she was giving her usual speech at a girl’s empowerment conference in Kansas City. But as she watched anger unfold in Ferguson — with young women and girls on the scene — Packnett realized that “telling girls to be leaders tomorrow wasn’t good enough — they needed to be leaders now.”

And so did she, Packnett said. Like Blackmon, she was appointed to the Ferguson Commission.
LA Times, ‘Women find their voice in Ferguson protest movement’


“Working with the President of the United States of America is a critical step, but work must continue across the movement for us to secure justice for our children of today and tomorrow,” said Brittany Packnett, a St. Louis educator and activist.
– FergusonAction.com

And here, Packnett ties policing to our schools:

Problems of police brutality and racial profiling are closely tied to ongoing crises of education, health care and unemployment in the African-American community, says Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach For America-St. Louis and a member of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission.

“‘Ferguson has laid bare many systematic injustices that are present in urban communities of color and in suburbs,” she said. “Across the country, we know that low income people and people of color suffer disproportionately from certain injustices and that most of those injustices are highly interconnected.”
USA Today, Ferguson has become a springboard for many movements

The USA today article goes on to describe the Black Lives Matter campaign as being part of the “Occupy Wall Street Effect”.

It’s been noted in the past that Teach for America is more a political organization than teacher organization.  Having said that, I submit that the purpose of Teach for America is not to create a teacher workforce, but instead to use state and government funds to direct political agenda items from the top down.  This task force is a prime example.

Skeptical? Don’t miss the picture on page 80 of the report.

Flashback:  Black Lives Matter protests in Durham, NC at which Teach for America employees were integral part. A Teach for America worker bailed out the arrestees to the tune of an estimated $36,000.  WHERE DID THE BAIL MONEY COME FROM?

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