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Do Bearden High School and West perform the same? April 12, 2007 4:37 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Education, Health, Politics, Touchy Subjects
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No. So, does this mean my children’s college opportunities have been reduced? Data from SchoolMatters a service of Standard and Poor’s.

More info on Bearden and West.

 

Bearden High School 

 

West High School 

 

 

Student Proficiency on State Tests – 2005

     

 
Reading Proficiency (%)

97.8  87.5 

 

Math Proficiency (%)

94.1  82.6 

 

Reading and Math Proficiency (RaMP) (%)

96.1  85.2 

 

Reading Proficiency by Subgroup (%) – 2005

Bearden High School  West High School 

 

All Students

97.8  87.5 

      

 

White

98.3  89.2 

      

 
Black

90.9  83.1 

      

 
Hispanic

100.0  90.0 

      

 
Asian/Pacific Islander

100.0  n.a. 

      

 

American Indian/Alaska Native

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Multi-Racial

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Female

98.7  88.7 

      

 
Male

97.1  86.3 

      

 
Economically Disadvantaged

91.8  74.7 

      

 
Non-Disadvantaged

98.5  95.9 

      

 

English Language Learners

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Students with Disabilities

85.4  33.9 

      

 
Non-Disabled Students

98.9  95.7 

      

 
Migrant

n.a.  n.a. 

 
Math Proficiency by Subgroup (%) – 2005

Bearden High School  West High School 

 
All Students

94.1  82.6 

      

 
White

94.4  85.5 

      

 

Black

95.3  73.6 

      

 

Hispanic

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Asian/Pacific Islander

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

American Indian/Alaska Native

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Multi-Racial

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Female

94.1  83.1 

      

 

Male

94.4  82.2 

      

 

Economically Disadvantaged

87.8  63.2 

      

 

Non-Disadvantaged

95.1  92.6 

      

 

English Language Learners

n.a.  n.a. 

      

 

Students with Disabilities

67.4  27.7 

      

 

Non-Disabled Students

97.3  95.6 

      

 

Migrant

n.a.  n.a. 

 
College Prep – 2005

Bearden High School  West High School 

 

ACT – Average Score

23.3  22.1 

 

ACT – Participation Rate (%)

70.8  61.4 

 

Classroom Profile – 2004

Bearden High School  West High School 

 

Enrollment

1,911  1,339 

 

School Facts

Bearden High School  West High School 

 

Address

8352 Kingston Parkway  3326 Sutherland Avenue 

 

City or Town

Knoxville  Knoxville 

 
County

Knox  Knox 

 
District

Knox County School District  Knox County School District 

 

Telephone Number

(865)539-7800  (865)594-4477 

 

Urban Status

Mid-Size City  Mid-Size City 

 

Grade Levels Served

9-12  9-12 

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6. Thomas Whitfield - April 13, 2007

I don’t think that you can answer your question using this data, it’s too broad. Better questions, perhaps, might be: Does West High School offer an academic program that will challenge my child and allow him/her to develop fully academically? Is there a sufficient population of academically motivated students? Does the administration support students and faculty who are interested in academic excellence? In my experience the answer to all of those questions is yes. Our only significant issue had to do with having to sharing a Latin teacher with another High School – and that was more of a budget issue I think. Additionally, there is always the dual enrollment option for seniors. At any rate, I think that the West guidance office could probably give you specific answers about AP and honors course offerings, extra curricular activities – such as academic team, model UN, Youth in Government, etc., as well as college admissions prospects for West students.

7. Doug McCaughan - April 13, 2007

There is more to my question than just data.

I have long said that I would never move once my children entered high school. I moved between my sophomore year and junior year and the affect was that my academics hurt and my social opportunities were damaged. I have no high school class ring because I felt no ownership to either of the two high schools.

Now without my consent, nor ability to do anything about it, my daughter will find herself in the same situation. Already she has spent a lot of time at Bearden High School (she is an entering freshman). She has tested out of keyboarding. She has started to know some teachers and the layout of the school. She has been accepted on the flag team. And a year later, she will have all that yanked away to have to become familiar with a new school where the clicks and friends have already bonded. She will be an outsider. I am sure that she will overcome and excel; however, it is not a situation anyone should ever encourage.

I question the safety of West which appears to be building a brick fence around its property. I have had an adult who is intimate with the school suggest that my concern is valid.

Much of my response is emotional but I have the right to be emotional about this rezoning because these are my children and there are better ways to handle the zoning of our schools such as a phased in approach where ALL currently enrolled students are grandfathered while upcoming middle schoolers know that they will go elsewhere.

8. Domestic Psychology - April 13, 2007

[…] Doug posted some statistics on Knoxville schools. There are more statistics available here. The News-Sentinel posts a yearly report card comparing all the Knox County schools around the same time that parents get their child’s TCAP scores, but I can’t seem to find that report online. […]

9. Thomas Whitfield - April 13, 2007

I agree with you about phasing the rezoning in, that seems very reasonable. I also empathize with you about changing schools, we made the painful decision to move our younger child from the Beaumont Magnet back to her zoned school last year. The feeling of powerlessness is very frustrating. The school system made several significant changes to the magnet program at Beaumont without even the courtesy of informing the parents. The changes diluted to program to the point that it wasn’t worth keeping her there, in our judgment. But then again, we had a choice.

You have a lot of very valid concerns, I know that my daughter (senior to be) mentioned that she has been assigned some incoming freshman to mentor – perhaps that is a student council program. If you end up getting rezoned, you might consider asking for a mentor. I think that is a great idea because I think all incoming freshmen probably have apprehensions, even if they have had siblings go to the school.

As for the fence, the West High foundation raised a significant amount of money to construct it – a couple hundred thousand dollars if I remember correctly. I am sure that it will look better than the chain link fence that it is replacing, the mock-ups looked great. I don’t perceive security at West to be a major problem, but I’m guessing that West probably has more incidents than Bearden.


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