October 3rd 2011 - QCHS Fails Ayp & T...

October 3rd 2011 - QCHS Fails Ayp & Teachers are Forced to Offer Praise

There are 7 comments on the Woldow story from Oct 3, 2011, titled October 3rd 2011 - QCHS Fails Ayp & Teachers are Forced to Offer Praise. In it, Woldow reports that:

Well, now we know why QCSD didn't release its 2010-11 PSSA scores in the past few weeks, as many other districts did.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Woldow.

Jenn

Riverview, MI

#1 Oct 11, 2011
I'm confused about this article...is it anonymous?
My understanding (and I may not be) is that you're saying that 28 of 56 (50%) economically challenged students in the 11th grade were not proficient in math. Last year was 40.4%, so assuming the total number of ED students last year was about the same, that means that only 5 more students were proficient last year. I'm not a statistician, but that does not sound statistically significant to me.
TruthBToldSeller vileISP

Hatfield, PA

#2 Oct 11, 2011
Jenn- The results were "statistically significant" enough to disqualify QCSD from sucessfully appealing. The preliminary test results were distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education statewide on July 18 and school districts had the right to appeal AYP rankings to change the final result. QCSD did not meet these appeal opportunities NCLB offers schools to receive APY.:

Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor is achieved when a subgroup has greatly improved since the previous year — even though it did not meet the state goal. Safe harbor is the first provisional status calculation applied if a student group meets the 95 percent participation rate but does not meet the proficiency target. That student group can meet its proficiency target with a safe harbor provision if:
----the student group has reduced the percent of students not proficient by at least 10 percent from the previous year for that subject area; and
----the group shows progress on the Other Academic Indicator.
Schools can apply this safe harbor analysis to any and all group(s) of students that do not meet the proficiency target goal

Confidence Interval
For each student group, a 95 percent confidence interval, similar to a margin of error applied to polling data, is used around the percentages of students scoring proficient in reading and/or mathematics to determine whether target goals for AYP are met. This analysis is independent of the safe harbor calculations and cannot be combined with safe harbor for any one student group.

AYP Growth Standard
Calculations include a way that schools and districts can be credited for academic growth shown by a student group not initially meeting its proficiency target goal. An AYP growth standard is applied to student groups that don’t initially meet target goals.. The AYP growth standard outlines predetermined incremental progress that students must demonstrate in order to be counted as “on track” and, therefore, proficient. If the percentage of nonproficient students on the set proficiency growth pathway and percentage of proficient students combine to meet the proficiency target goal, the group is considered to have met its target goal. This is analyzed after attempting to use safe harbor and the confidence interval.
Resident

Newtown Square, PA

#4 Oct 11, 2011
Jenn wrote:
I'm confused about this article...is it anonymous?
My understanding (and I may not be) is that you're saying that 28 of 56 (50%) economically challenged students in the 11th grade were not proficient in math. Last year was 40.4%, so assuming the total number of ED students last year was about the same, that means that only 5 more students were proficient last year. I'm not a statistician, but that does not sound statistically significant to me.
This article is from the ousted former columnist of The Free Press (original Broad St version) and The Gazette, out resident child molester, Richard Woldow.

www richardwoldow com

(BTW, TruthBTold is Woldow
TruthBToldSeller vileISP

Hatfield, PA

#5 Oct 11, 2011
The statistics are on line for anyone who is interested. Do your own research. The facts are facts.

Always replying to the wrong "who" and never the "what" of the entry is a hallmark of a mental midget. The uninformed trolls who write the same comments about Woldow without adding anything of value to the topic of the thread are a disgrace to the Local communities. They obviously have nothing of interest that has to do with the thread topic or any facts to offer readers.

Local trolls are always guessing incorrectly and never offering comments with useful information.'

"Jenn" was confused and I offered information that may help her arrive at an informed conclusion.

A request that Woldow, who is not me, slit his throat, is proof of the existence of a seriously disfunctional dilusion wracked person. Offer him help.

Offer the person who advertises www.woldow.com
all the time another outlet for her hatred.

Google No Child Left Behind and PA Dept of Ed. and other verifiable sources of information that will answer your questions with facts.
Jenn

Riverview, MI

#6 Oct 11, 2011
Thanks for sharing your opinion/facts. I'm interested in knowing people's
opinions regardless of whether I agree with them. In this setting, it's pretty much irrelevant if someone is a child molester. This could be a useful thought provoking site if communication followed the guidelines that this commenter and I have followed. Try to follow the bullying rules that we encourage our kids to follow. Remember that gathering information and considering others' opinions is a useful process to be followed even when you don't completely agree with someone else. Thanks again to the responder of my question.
Think For Yourself

Newtown Square, PA

#7 Oct 11, 2011
Jenn wrote:
Thanks for sharing your opinion/facts. I'm interested in knowing people's
opinions regardless of whether I agree with them. In this setting, it's pretty much irrelevant if someone is a child molester. This could be a useful thought provoking site if communication followed the guidelines that this commenter and I have followed. Try to follow the bullying rules that we encourage our kids to follow. Remember that gathering information and considering others' opinions is a useful process to be followed even when you don't completely agree with someone else. Thanks again to the responder of my question.
Jenn,

Look at his archives. Nearly every column targets Dr. A, the board majority, or the teachers. He always portrays Stepanoff and his followers as perfection achieved. Remember, this is his OPINION, and he uses phrases like "our," "we," and "us" to win you over, making you believe he's on your side.

Woldow lives in Ivyland, NOT Quakertown.

Again, that "responder" you thanked is none other than Woldow himself. His posts parrot his column all the time.
Concerned Parent

Green Lane, PA

#8 Oct 12, 2011
I saw in the Intell an article with stats and it showed that QCSDHS did not meet standards so no matter who post, facts are facts. Dr. A's great experiment seems to be failing at the HS level.

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