School board members are miffed at the fallout from their decision not to do a study on the diversity policy.
During Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting, board members argued that they weren't against a study, per se. Board member Beverley Clark said the problem was that the question was framed in a way that was unanswerable.
Board members Horace Tart and Ron Margiotta had wanted staff to see if students who were reassigned from North Garner Middle School to West Lake Middle School for diversity reasons are now doing better academically.
Board member Lori Millberg said there's no way to know how the students would have done if they had stayed at North Garner.
Clark said there are other ways that the results of the diversity policy can be answered. For instance, she said you can look at school-level performance and teacher retention data.
(BTW, Wake is touting a new state report that found that the district's 2007-08 teacher turnover rate of 11.67 percent is lower thatn the state average of 13.85 percent.)
Eleanor Goettee said Education Week will publish a study soon which notes the problems found in high-poverty schools.
Those kinds of studies likely won't appease critics who'd point out that it still isn't looking at the impact on individual students.
For instance, Margiotta told Clark he just can't "focus on the big picture" because he needs to see if individual students are being harmed.
Supt. Del Burns suggested that board members propose questions to see if staff can answer them.
(Barring any additional posts today, this is it for the next week while I'm on vacation. I wish you all a Merry Christmas.)