The enrollment has dropped from a high of 543 in 2007 to 214 this year.
Turning to the SOL performance: Because of the very small white enrollment, VDOE does not report most of the white SOL pass rates (privacy reasons, they say). The data below are for black students only. We start with the statewide reading pass rates that dropped upon introduction of the new tests in 2013:
In the past, Richmond’s pass rate for black students generally ran above 90% of the State pass rate. The new tests brought the Richmond rates to 70% or less of the state average.
(We now know that Richmond failed to align its curricula with the new reading tests in 2013 and the new math tests the previous year, with the disastrous results you see here and below.)
Because of the smaller numbers of students, the Binford data scatter more but the trend looks to be headed to about the Richmond average (ca. 65% of the state average).
Binford also tanked and the decline in the 6th grade pass rate continued to decline. The 7th and 8th grade scores, however, appear to have recovered some.
In sum, Binford is an awful school, but not quite as awful as the dismal Richmond average.
The problem at Binford is the enrollment. The bigger problem is the generally lousy quality of all the Richmond schools, especially the middle schools.
The School Board is wrestling with Binford now. This year’s scores (known to VDOE in time to schedule graduations in May but concealed from us until about Sept. 1) will begin to tell us whether the Board and our new Superintendent are making progress on the larger issue.