Here are the “official” enrollment numbers for the Little Rock School District for this year. Essentially the same as last year — up about a dozen in K-12, but down some in the pre-K classes for a net loss of 11 in the nearly 26,000-student district.
Later this morning, I’ll try to post an interesting string of e-mails about the district’s unsuccessful effort to appeal Central High School inclusion on the state’s list of schools not making sufficient academic progress as measured by standardized test scores. This might seem a minor controversy, but it’s not, particularly to those involved. But it’s also a small example of how screwy this rating system can be. Central would not have made the list but for the failure to test 36 students who didn’t attend Central. They were enrolled in alternative schools, but they were “coded” to Central because of their home addresses. So Central is punished for non-performance of students who never attended. Some, in fact, were in jail.
The district’s own practice helped create this Catch 22, but still …. The state harrumphs that rules are rules and deadlines are deadlines, even if the school wasn’t informed about assignment of these students to its record until it was too late.
School Board member Melanie Fox comments on the significance: