I could figure out the percentage of the class that never legitimately passed algebra and passed geometry, I could figure out the percentage of the class that managed to get a 65 by coming to tutoring every day, I could figure out stats tons of ways but nothing matters. The bottom line to all of this is that no one cares about anything, except the end product, unless of course you are the Mayor and you can use the stats anyway you like. President Obama would strip my tenure if he could. My stats sucked and I will just have to live with it.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Lies, Damn Lies and Then There Are Statistics
On vacation, listening to my husband snore away and I am still agonizing over my crappy geometry regents results. Statistics can be played with many ways and finally I decided if I look at them from a different angle they might not look so bad.
1. 97% of my students showed up to take the exam--even the two kids who had been absent almost all term. I'm proud of them for making the effort and attempting the exam. Other teachers might have discouraged them, I didn't.
2. 87% of my class in June was the class I started with in September. I held on to almost all, in hopes that they would make it through.
3. 50% of the kids that should have been dropped passed the regents. That makes 10 more kids on their way to an advanced diploma, kids that would not have made it if I went for the higher statistics and dropped them out.
4. 55% of the kids cared enough to spend the entire day in school the Saturday before the regents reviewing for the exam.
5. 67% would have passed if I did not inherit kids other teachers did not want.
6. 82% would have passed if I had dropped out the kids that were failing in January.
You will never be able to hear that pin drop in my classroom and being able to hear that sound will not change anything one bit.