When it comes to the performance of Capital Prep Magnet School, Steve Perry is known for his rhetoric. Perry says “his” students do better than students at traditional public schools. However, by measure after measure, it turns out that his hyperbole is nothing but a lie.
When Steve Perry is introduced at his lucrative fee-to-speak events he is introduced as the principal who has 100 percent of his students go on to college. Of course, that statistic isn’t true.
In a BET.com interview released today, Perry says:
“I’ll be honest; I think our kids are better. If I showed you where our school is, you would see a liquor store, a closed-down barbershop, a prerequisite sneaker store for the $150 sneakers, a nail salon and a couple of blacked out buildings. For students to walk in five degree weather to Capital Prep and do what we ask them to do… They aren’t regular. They’re not regular at all. They are exceptional!”
The truth is that children are exceptional!
But is Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry doing a BETTER job educating students than other public schools?
The answer is no.
In particular, is he doing a better job educating his primary target population of African American students?
Again, the answer is no.
Late last year, Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor rolled out a new database called the “School and District Performance Reports for All Connecticut Schools.”
Stefan Pryor said:
“Our accountability system is designed both to recognize the progress our schools are making and to reveal the challenges where they exist. These reports demonstrate that there are bright spots and best practices as well as areas in need of review and improvement in districts and schools across the state,”
According to the new system:
A School Performance Index (SPI) is the average of all Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) test performance for all subjects tested for all students in the school. A District Performance Index (DPI) is Corresponding average for all students in the district. The SPI/DPI ranges in value from 0 to 100 points. Connecticut’s ultimate target for an SPI/DPI is 88 because in a school/district with an SPI of 88 or above, students will have performed at or above the “goal” level on the majority of tests.
So here is the data:
In this case, here is the data on the School Performance Index for African American students;
Note that according to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s own data, Capital Prep doesn’t even do as well as the same demographic cohort of students attending the rest of Hartford Public School System.
|District/School||2013 School Performance Index:African American Students (Index is 0 to 100)|
|Bloomfield Public Schools||77.5|
|Windsor Public Schools||68.4|
|Stamford Public Schools||62.1|
|New London Public Schools||60.7|
|Hartford Public Schools||59.7|
|Meriden Public Schools||59.6|
|Capital Prep Magnet School||58.3|
|East Hartford Public Schools||57.2|
|Windham Public Schools||56.8|
|New Haven Schools||54.4|
|Bridgeport Public Schools||51.3|
|New Britain Public Schools||50.1|