A SLED investigation into MiShawna Moore, erstwhile darling of the South Carolina education establishment and suspected test “tailor,” has come up with nothing.
As principal of Sanders-Clyde Elementary, a chronically failing public school in Charleston County, Moore came under heavy suspicion when PACT scores at her school suddenly shot up above district and state levels. When tests were carefully monitored, scores dropped significantly in every subject; drops that were characterized as “unusual” and “much greater” than other schools. Equally troubling was the higher-than-usual number of erased and corrected answers.
Moore-and other school employees- insisted that the scores were legitimate, and that drops could be blamed on harsh test monitors denying students snacks.
The Associated Press reports that the SLED investigation into the situation has ended, with nothing to show for it.
It is everyone’s hope that there was no altering of test grades, and that somehow the numerous and incredibly sketchy indications of illicit conduct are pure happenstance, but it doesn’t seem likely.
Hopefully, the schools overseers in Charleston County and in the SC Department of Education will continue to look into this situation, and prevent more children from being similarly short-changed.
With bumper lanes everyone is a winner!
The South Carolina public school machine operates through a bewildering assortment of committees, task forces, subcommittees, advisory panels, working groups and inter-agency partnerships.
Interestingly, most of these divergent groups march to the beat of a common drum: the unending chorus of “more money.”
Take the recent meeting of the Education Oversight Committee (EOC)’s so-called “Academic Standards and Assessments Subcommittee” or “ASAS.”
One of the responsibilities of the EOC’s ASAS is determining eligibility for public school awards. In late November the subcommittee submitted recommendations to re-write guidelines for the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards.
Under the proposal:
- Schools that meet an EOC determined standard will receive a “gold” award
- Schools that fail to meet the standard but make some student-wide improvement will receive a “silver” award
- Schools that fail to meet the standards but have some students make some improvement will receive a new “closing the gap” award. Continue reading
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The sign in front of Charleston’s Sanders-Clyde Elementary school read “where every child is more than a test score.”
As state police continue their investigation of systematic accountability test cheating at the school, former Principal MiShawna Moore has gone on record denying the charges.
In a recent interview with the Post and Courier‘s Diette Courrege, Moore (lawyers by her side) complained the investigation had greatly inconvenienced her.
Moore even suggested that the dramatic drop in scores after her departure and the arrival of outside oversight was the result of some children taking their behavioral medicine immediately before the tests, not earlier in the day.
She also complained that “teachers weren’t allowed to give students encouragement, snacks were prohibited, meals were skipped, and breaks were limited.” Continue reading
Money for registering your employees to vote? Great idea if you can tell them who to vote for!
It is very easy for pundits to be critical of the public school establishment in South Carolina.
Public schools in the Palmetto State are home to some of the lowest test scores and the highest drop out rates in the entire country. South Carolina is also known for an award-winning principal caught cheating on standardized testing. Don’t forget the nation’s fastest growing race- and wealth-correlated student achievement gaps.
But no one will argue public school bureaucrats are politically ineffective. Continue reading
The media-focused PR machine at the State Department loved Sanders-Clyde Elementary School in Charleston.
While public schools serving low-income and minority children across South Carolina had long been stagnant, Sander-Clyde looked like a brilliant exception.
In press release after press release the Department hailed the uncharacteristic gains in student performance at Sanders-Clydde, suggesting that public schools might break from decades of stagnation and a widening race and poverty gap.
The Department heaped awards, recognitions and distinctions on Sanders-Clyde, and in a short time the school jumped from an “F” to a “B” in absolute ratings, and earned an “A” for its improvement pace.
But it was all a big lie. The principal was cheating by altering the students’ annual PACT tests. Continue reading