Thursday, May 09, 2013

Odyssey Academy: Fails To Make The Cut

 
Newsweek's 2013 List of Best High Schools
 
 
SCATS ~~ Odyssey Academy's death spiral takes it from #270 last year to not even making the list of top 2000 this year! Even East High School is better than ALL of Greece's high schools!
   

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my my, what's happening at OA? Up until now they've always been doing something there that it's supports told us we should be trying to copy in our other schools. What has gone wrong? Did the magic lesson plans get lost?

Let's face it, the supporters of that crap were either too dumb to see the reality, or just plain self serving elitists that didn't give a crap about any other families in our district who were left going without the "private" public school experience. Everyone with half a brain knew this day was coming once the curtain of decete started to rise around around OA, revealing the obvious. And going forward, as the good families who would have tried to get their kids into OA weigh their options, they will elect their home school instead: in other words why send them across town for the same mediocre Greece education they can get right up the street.

I just wish we still heard from the OA's biggest supporter on here. You know, the one with pot smoking daughter.

Anonymous said...

As I posted earlier, same thing happened with the USNews rating last month. From 75 to not in the top 1000. Something is not right with this...even though some like to bash OA, a school really cannot fall that far, that quick...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations SCATS, thank you for your help in ruining a great school!

SCATS said...

To 9:38AM ~~ As soon as his last kid graduated, he disappeared ;)

To 11:28AM ~~ The odd part is that this year's ranking has NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR MOVE or any of the other changes.

To 12:13PM ~~ Exactly what did SCATS do to help ruin a "great school?" Methinks they did a wonderful job without my help at all! Ask Sue if she's willing to share credit with SCATS!

Anonymous said...

Wow, 12:13 believes scats negatively impacted OAs ability to teach students! Was it mind control? ESP? I'd like to know the secrets!

Anonymous said...

If not due to the move, what are your thoughts on the causes?

Anonymous said...

And 12:13pm, thanks for supporting a system that helped lead to the decline of the rest of our districts schools.

Anonymous said...

The move alone did not do them in. It was the Superintendent's decision to change the attendance zone as well as the fact that a number of parents pulled their kids and sent them to Aguinas, Nazareth, Mercy and McQuaid. A sixth grade loaded with under performing students will bring the overall performance level
down in a hurry. It will be worse next year when the sixth graders become seventh and a new bunch will make up the sixth and so on and so on until the school resembles Wilson magnet or the current population of GO.
Sue finally met her match and has thrown in the towel and will probably pull the plug next year for a well paying consulting retirement job.

SCATS said...

To 3:03PM ~~ If you ever figure it out, please let me know!

To 4:09PM & 5:58PM ~~ It can't be attributed to the move or any other changes instituted in Sept. 2012, because this year's ranking is based upon PREVIOUS YEARS PERFORMANCE, not the current.

Will it get worse? Likely, but then I think our other schools are in a slide, too.

Anonymous said...

According to the article, only 2500 schools responded to the data call, and of those, 2000 got ranked. Perhaps Odyssey didn’t bother submitting this year?

Looking at their 2012 and 2011 data it’s not hard to see why they might not. College-bound class fraction dipping from 97% in the 2011 ranking to 91% to the 2012 ranking to probably less than that had they submitted for 2013, SATs dipping from 1590 in the 2011 ranking (already abysmally low for a proud school) to 1550 in the 2012 version, to presumably less than that now.

Maybe they don’t want to make the numbers public?

For comparison, never mind Pittsford, even Irondequoit High made the 2013 list, at number 763, with 94% headed to college and 1564 SATs.

One factor that may be killing Odyssey is that Newsweek recently changed their criteria to add average AP scores, and not just percentage of students attempting an AP test. In the 2012 data Odyssey’s average AP score was a failing 2.5. For comparison, Irondequoit’s average score in the 2013 data was a barely passing 3.2.

If Odyssey students are taking the fancy-sounding courses, getting passed by their teachers, and then failing the standardized tests, that might be a story that the school does not want to tell.

SCATS said...

To 10:28AM ~~ You are likely right that they didn't want their numbers made public. Or maybe with the budget cuts they were told we couldn't afford to buy them a plaque like Sue Meier mentioned when Odyssey made the cut in 2010:

"We buy the little plaque that says the number (we ranked) and really don't do much else with it ... We're not really competing for that ranking. That's not what we're going for. We're going for kids to be prepared for college or whatever the next step is."

Anonymous said...

Please take a look at the caliber of students in Greece. It's not pretty.

SCATS said...

To 8:18PM ~~ And it's all the fault of those darned free/reduced lunches, right??

At some point there's got to be a relationship made between the caliber of our students and the caliber of our teachers. They can't be mutually exclusive.