Mavericks High Has Lowest FCAT Reading Score in Palm Beach; Tied for Second-Worst in Broward

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Mavericks in Palm Springs opened last August.
Aside from the kids in the Palm Beach County jail, tenth-grade students at Mavericks High in Palm Springs fared worse on the FCAT reading test than any of their peers in the county, according to data released last week by the state Department Education.

Only 7 percent of the 54 students who took the FCAT at Mavericks last fall passed the reading portion of the test. The 16 students who took the test while in jail had a 6 percent passing rate.

Mavericks in Palm Springs opened last August. It's the newest in a chain of charter schools based in West Palm Beach and managed by the for-profit company Mavericks in Education Florida. Using a computerized curriculum and shortened schooldays, Mavericks aims to help at-risk students who might otherwise drop out of high school.

But three former employees allege that the charter chain is less-than-truthful about its records. In March, a former special-education teacher at Mavericks High in Palm Springs filed a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging school officials inflated enrollment records and fabricated grades. Two other ex-employees have filed similar lawsuits against Mavericks in Homestead.

In Broward, Mavericks' FCAT reading scores were even worse than those in Palm Springs. The Pompano Beach campus saw 7 percent of its 97 tenth-graders pass, while in Fort Lauderdale, just 4 percent of 88 Mavericks students got a passing grade. However, the Mavericks kids are not alone in their illiteracy.

At the Whiddon-Rogers Education Center, a public alternative school in Fort Lauderdale, the passing rate for reading was 4 percent of 98 tenth-graders. At the Hallandale Adult Community Center, another Broward public school, an abysmal 3 percent of 31 students passed.

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A real educator
A real educator

Mavericks palm beach laid off 10 teachers for no reason yesterday!!! Beware of this company not a school .. It's a place you gO to buy your graduation ... Yeah you heard me... The kids cheat there say to graduation and administration does nothing and let's them graduate ... All they care about is numbers and care nothing about their staff... They need to be shut down !!! They are a sorry excuse for education!!

Adaraneozoe2012
Adaraneozoe2012

Sorry, I meant to say that the school was unorganized and unprepared for students on the very first day of school ( I know! I know! Bad teacher! Proofread before you publish)

Adaraneozoe2012
Adaraneozoe2012

As a former teacher at one of the Mavericks schools, this does not surprise me. I worked at one of the newer schools that opened, and I can tell readers the one I worked at sucked! The school was unorganized and unprepared for students on the very day of school. And anyone who has taught know that how you start the year is how you end the year. Don't let the beautiful campuses and slick marketing fool you. The scores don't lie. People trying to hold on to a cash cow do!

Maz135
Maz135

As a special education teacher, I find using the results of a standardize test to measure the effectiveness of an academic program misleading. You should've researched how these students functioned in September to how they functioned in May. The measurement should be norm referenced not standardized. Standardized testing is subjective and the criteria is based on what the publisher perceives as important, which is oft times inappropriate for a given population.

cjko
cjko

Hallandale Adult Community Center is not a regular public school.  It's a last stop center for pregnant teens and kids who have dropped out or headed that way.  The last paragraph was misleading.  But, good article on how charter schools that are not regulated or have much oversight can line the pockets of for profit owners w $ intended for students, and academics is hit or miss.

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Just to clarify: Are you saying that Hallandale serves the same population of students that Mavericks does? 

cjko
cjko

I don't know much about Mavericks 'cause it's in a different county...but Rita Solnet probably does. She is and education activist in PB county and she's on Facebook. When you put articles about these dismal scores in "public schools", it leads parents to think that public schools in general are bad and flock to charter schools. This is not the case! There are excellent magnet, IB, and A/P programs in public schools...parents just need to do the research to find out which fits their kids' personalities. I was Co-Chair of the Site Visitation Committee, and my kids all went thru public schools and went on to ivies/law school, etc...of course, I got involved in their schools...which makes all the difference to school performance.

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Point taken. I've done extensive work documenting Mavericks' questionable academic record. But in Broward, it's inaccurate to say they are the only ones with low scores.

What's Really Important
What's Really Important

This is a terrible article.  This school is aimed at helping at-risk students, who are typically the lowest performing students.  Even if they had a 0% in their reading scores, the fact that they are keeping these students from dropping out is enough.  Same on you for writing this ridiculous article.

Omicron21
Omicron21

the school is aimed on making money.  Don't be fooled...if they wanted to help kids, then the scores will reflect that....Mavericks is a money makng machine , from the property owners to the cleaning company they hire and manage it all. The money never leaves the organization, except to the accounts of the owners, which I'm sure is hidden away.

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