For the Highest Priced Schools, Arlington County Taxpayers Get What?
This afternoon, the Arlington Public Schools released “the results of a preliminary analysis of the school division’s performance related to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001,” according to this APS press release. Despite having the highest cost-per-pupil in Virginia ($17,923 for the FY 2007 school year), 10 of the 30 schools in the system did not make Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined in the federal law.
Both the press release and the Arlington Sun-Gazette emphasized the results are preliminary, and could change. However, for a school district with the highest cost-per-pupil and among the highest paid teachers, having one third of the schools fail to make AYP seems problematic to say the least. In this regard, it’s not much different than professional sports where the fans of teams with the highest salaries also have the highest expectations before the season begins and only the world championship seems satisfying.