Earlier in the week we took a preliminary look at the study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) that took a comprehensive look at the Return on Investment (ROI) of major school districts across the country. The sad, sad truth is that no matter how one views the data, Alexandria is among the very worst when it comes to producing positive results borne of its monetary investment in our children. To the readers of this blog who sent the profanity-laden comments (deleted) after reading Part I making the point that, of course, Alexandria spends a great deal due to a 'challenging' population, I ask you to read the definition of the Adjusted ROI below:
Adjusted Return on Investment index: Measure that uses the same approach as the Basic Return on Investment index or Basic ROI (see entry below), but applies a statistical method called a state-level regression analysis to adjust each district’s spending for the different costs associated with serving larger concentrations of low-income, non-English-speaking, and special education students in its state. The adjustments or weights used in the Basic ROI are often not sensitive enough to account for spending differences within states.
Bearing this in mind, and returning to the interactive map on CAP's study, Alexandria comes in next to last in efficiency rating of the commonwealth's one hundred twenty-six school districts!
The data compiled by the CAP shows Alexandria City Public Schools ranked 125th of 126 districts, "bested" only by Northampton County...a district with a far greater percentage of low income families and a rural population of some 1,900.
Perhaps most shocking of all is not what the study reveals, but what it portends. Under the Sherman regime, spending has increased at a great rate. Forecasts are that adjusted per pupil spending of $10, 225 (at the time of the study) is now approaching $12,000 with no measurable improvement in results! Couple this nightmarish scenario with the administration's propensity to obfuscate, manipulate and spin what little data it has compiled, and the feeling of disbelief among so many teachers and parents is more than justified.
"I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way."