VDOE released the 2014 test scores this morning, both in their (very convenient) database and in spreadsheets linked from a press release). They had the scores in time to decide who could graduate last May but they waited until five days before Labor Day to release them. Do you wonder what they have been doing with those numbers for those three months? Look here and here here for some ideas.
Turning to the scores. You may recall that the new reading tests in 2013 dropped the scores statewide and dropped Richmond to the lowest score in the state. This year, Richmond moved up toward the state average by three points and advanced from dead last to next to last:
By golly! We beat Petersburg!
On the math tests, the new tests in 2012 produced another statewide drop and a plunge in the Richmond scores. This year, Richmond advanced from fourth to fifth from the bottom, 0.6% behind Petersburg:
At this rate, Richmond will reach the median on both subjects in a mere sixty-six years.
Hyperbole aside, Superintendent Bedden has been in the saddle only since January. These awful scores are actually the residue of the Brandon “leadership.” Next year will be the first test of the new School Board and the newer Superintendent.