Stabilization of the teaching staff reportedly accompanied rapid improvements in outcomes for students at Hall
Elementary School between 1999 and 2003, according to a recent story [in the St. Paul Pioneer Press] about Hall's
principal during that period, Bernadeia Johnson, who followed Carol Johnson (MPS Supt. from 1997 to 2003) to Memphis, Tennessee,
and was just hired by the Minneapolis Public Schools as an assistant superintendent.
Stabilization of the teaching
staff was also a big part of the success story for North Star school, another high- minority, high poverty school that has
obtained better-than-average results on standardized tests and other measures of school quality during Carol Johnson's tenure
as MPS superintendent.
I gleaned the following statistics from a post by Steve Brandt to the Minneapolis Parents Forum:
Community School at a glance
Grades: Pre-K through 5th
Students in poverty: 89%
Minority students: 99%
Black students: 83%.
Selected test results
Per cent students at or above
grade level 1999 and 2003
3rd grade math------ 4.6% ........43.8%
3rd grade reading--- 7.3%.........38.5%
grade math ------4.2%..........27.7%
5th grade reading--- 3.8 %.........33.3%
. - Sources: Minneapolis Public Schools;
Minnesota Department of Education, ESRI, GDT