TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

The A+ report: Face of failure

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Tribune-Review

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

Nearly one-third, 31.5 percent, of Pittsburgh Public Schools students did not graduate in 2012.

An estimated 42 percent of seniors don't even carry a 2.5 grade-point average. That's a midlevel C.

For black students, that number is a shocking 61 percent. And the achievement gap between white and black students has grown.

Those are some of the lousy results from the latest annual district report card, as compiled by A+ Public Schools. It's pretty stunning what half-a-billion dollars a year won't buy. That's the district's annual budget ($522 million, to be precise).

And the declining performance comes even with a carrot at the end of a long string on a big stick — The Pittsburgh Promise, which guarantees college and/or training scholarships of $10,000 a year, even for decidedly mediocre students.

Oh, and the Pittsburgh district also is one of nine statewide being investigated for state testing “irregularities,” the educratic system's euphemism for cheating.

Outrageously, Superintendent Linda Lane proffers some weak if not shocking rationales for the declines.

Perhaps teachers fearing furloughs stopped doing their jobs, she effectively says.

Or perhaps they didn't sufficiently encourage students to do well on assessment tests, fearing it might violate state testing rules, Ms. Lane adds.

And perhaps a pack of dogs ate everyone's homework, too?

A harsh assessment. You bet. But no harsher than the failures of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Garden Q&A: Firecracker vine OK for trellis?
  2. Kovacevic: Still waiting on Malkin, Crosby
  3. Rossi: Lack of together time showing for Penguins’ defense
  4. Fleury a bright spot among struggling Penguins in playoffs
  5. Change in kidney allocation rules should help patients
  6. Talent on ice, effort off it help franchise grow hockey in Columbus
  7. Mailings from Pa. incumbents to potential new constituents under fire
  8. Pastors offer help in days following Franklin Regional stabbings
  9. Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign ‘unflappable’ amid challenges, criticism
  10. Murrysville woman shares her many tales as a professional storyteller
  11. Blue Jackets, city relish first playoff victory
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.