There are three so-called achievement school districts in the nation that have some history. One in Tennessee, one in Michigan, one inNew Orleans. The three are so what different: New Orleans district is all-charter, all privatized. The other two were created by the legislature to gather the state’s lowest-scoring schools into a single district, then turn them over to charter operators.

 

Opinions differ about New Orleans, but no one claims that it has closed achievement gaps or left no child behind. It is not a miracle district. Some critics have called it the lowest performing district in one of the lowest performing states.

 

Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority has no defenders. It is a disaster.

 

The Tennessee Achievement District was studied by Vanderbilt researchers, who reported there was no statistically significant improvement in test scores. Gary Rubinstein looked at state data and concluded that there was virtually no improvement: the lowest performing schools are still very low performing schools.

 

Yet Georgia and North Carolina both plan to create achievement school districts, and now Nevada wants one too. Why? It must be ALEC model legislation.

 

Angie Sullivan wrote this about Nevada, where she teaches:

 

“This was the scary announcement yesterday in Nevada Education:

 

“Board of Examiners meeting Tuesday, Canavero announced the appointment of Jana Wilcox-Lavin as the superintendent-in-residence of a new Achievement School District.

 

“Based on similar models in Louisiana and Tennessee, the state-run district will hand over control of persistently failing schools to charter management organizations.

 

http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/education/state-board-examiners-oks-contract-research-firm-evaluate-success-school-reforms”

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“Can someone explain to me why Nevada would want to create an Achievement School District – just as other states are closing their failing achievement school districts?

 

“Does anyone in the Department of Education or on the Nevada State School Board have google? I strongly suggest everyone google: achievement school districts Tennessee or Lousiana.

 

“Does anyone do research before they make these expensive decisions?

 

“It is obvious that the real plan is to privatize and destroy public schools like Tennesse and Louisiana. The data is in and students did not do better after expensive achievement school districts were created there. Extreme and documented failure.

 

“We are hiring someone from those failures to create a Nevada failure?

 

“Why are we doing this?

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/01/21/tennessee-legislators-propose-closing-achievement-school-district/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2015/07/31/gary-rubinstein-reviews-the-failure-of-the-tennessee-achievement-school-district/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2015/12/19/tennessee-memphis-school-board-calls-for-moratorium-for-achievement-school-district/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2015/03/02/tennessee-achievement-school-district-in-search-of-high-performing-students/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2015/03/02/tennessee-dad-its-time-to-dump-the-achievement-school-district/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/category/new-orleans/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2015/09/11/andy-spears-is-tennessee-sick-of-the-low-achievement-school-district/

 

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/03/02/north-carolina-parents-we-dont-want-an-achievement-school-district/
“Bottom line: Business does not do better at running schools. Business type reforms are not changing schools for the better.

 

“The same data system that kills public schools -shows that privatization and business ran schools fail too – usually worse and more expensive.

 

“Somehow we are supposed to only use data to kill public schools but then ignore data that suggests expensive reforms are failures?

 

“Doesn’t Nevada already have enough failing segregated disenfranchising charters? Why don’t we clean up the charter messes we already made -rather than import a mess maker from another state to make another mess. Why are we renewing failing charters?

 

“We better start thinking about kids Nevada – rather than about making some business people very rich at the expense of our kids.

 

“We do not need to be scammed like Lousiana and Tennessee.

 

“Scary.

 

“Angie”