Delaware DOE fails to make the grade and wants get out of jail card

Delaware submits waiver today for NCLB Posted on February 28, 2012 by Nichole Dobo

The Delaware Department of Education today submitted it’s application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

“So when it comes to fixing what’s wrong with No Child Left Behind, we’ve offered every state the same deal.  We’ve said, if you’re willing to set higher, more honest standards than the ones that were set by No Child Left Behind, then we’re going to give you the flexibility to meet those standards.  We want high standards, and we’ll give you flexibility in return.  We combine greater freedom with greater accountability.  Because what might work in Minnesota may not work in Kentucky — but every student should have the same opportunity to reach their potential. President Obama on NCLB Waivers 

So let me get this right ! Delaware Education Czar Jack Markell is going to raise the bar in-turn for a wavier because Delaware can’t meet the bar that is set too low? As far as flexibility! I hear Jack can bend-over in front of Arne Duncan and touch the floor with both palms of his hands! Any more flexibility would require Markell to put his head up his ass! So the race is now back at the starting gate on hold until the DCAS test is modified to conform with that National Standardize Test Goodbye DCAS and hello Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium!

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4 Responses

  1. I’m confused. If the RTTT bar was 100%, then…. Oh forget it. Let’s not get confused with logic or anything….

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  2. While we’re all stressing over this latest example of hide the pea and shuffle the walnut shells by the Feds and the State, shouldn’t we also be thinking about the test itself? Any form of this test? Especially since educational testing is big business? For those who have never seen any of the test questions, let me assure you that they reflect the experiences and values of middle and upper middle America. There is nothing inherently wrong with that except that children without the experiences in their life that help them to understand what is meant by what they read are penalized for their disadvantage. Teachers are driven by, now, data coaches to teach/reach the individual student. Depending on the size of the class and the length of time to accomplish this, all you have to do is divide the minutes per subject by the number of children to understand the possibility of overcoming deficits in backgrounds. In addition, we have been evaluated on our ability to “differentiate instruction”. Which I believe most of us do as best we can. The major catch, however, is that the test is NOT differentiated. Not even for students with IEPs. Students with IEPs can have “accommodations”. This means that the test can be read to them if they are well below grade level in Reading. Somehow I’d like someone to explain to me how students can be tested in violation of their IEPs, which is a legal document, and schools ratings lowered, when IEPs are not followed. Because some Charter schools have few if any Special Education students with IEPs, their ratings are really good. This also applies to many suburban schools that have few, if any students from the poorer and less advantaged parts of the city. Yes, all students deserve the best education possible. And a test should reflect the standards for the grade. But what happens when some students/schools fall behind because of the manipulations of politicians and the “business” of education? WSFS Skip needs to explain why his bank took TARP money, and hasn’t paid it back yet, but he can pontificate about how bad our schools are. There’s a business model for you right there. Just sayin’.

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    • “For those who have never seen any of the test questions, let me assure you that they reflect the experiences and values of middle and upper middle America.”

      I meet your test — never have I seen a single question, let alone the bias you claim they contain. How does a curious civilian soul see such questions and attempt a conclusion?

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  3. [...] noticed a comment on a post over at Kilroy where a commenter asks if it’s possible to get a look at the DCAS test [...]

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