Tough new Delaware testing concerns parents Matthew Albright, The News Journal
But because of the more in-depth approach, scores are expected to plummet on the new test.
Fewer than half and, in some cases, barely a third of students are expected to score well enough to be considered proficient. On the previous assessment, the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, about 70 percent of students met that bar.
The end-of-the-year test also will take longer than DCAS.
For elementary students, the English portion could take four hours, and the math section could take three hours. For middle school students, the test could take seven and a half hours, while juniors might need eight and a half hours – about twice as long as the SAT or ACT college-entrance exams.
Debbie and Greg, two Republicans who claim they are against the overreaching arms of the federal government yet both supported House Bill # 334 and Governor Markell’s wrongheaded education agenda. And as a bonus Hudson abandoned her own House Bill #23 that would require all school board to record the public session of their board meetings. Shame on you Debbie and Greg! Mushrooms grow better in the dark and that’s where Debbie wants to keep parents!
State education leaders say Common Core is a necessary step to “raising the bar” so Delaware’s students can compete with kids from countries with the most elite educational systems in the world. And Smarter Balanced is the way to figure out how close students are to vaulting over that higher bar.
Looks like Jimmy Olsen inhales!
Multiple sources indicates Mark Murphy is out-bound ! The sad part of it all it our state legislators haven’t stood-up and demanded Murphy’s removal!
So let’s just go along with this rumor! Murphy goes so who is next in line?? South Street Jenny ;). Bobby A? Merv? Mike Matthews? Publius?
Personally, it is time the position of Delaware Secretary of Education should be an elected one. We need a firewall between public schools and asshole governors. John Carney once floated the idea of decentralizing the Delaware Department of Education. Something has to give and it looks like Markell will continue his wrongheaded public education agenda because our state legislators lack the courage to put an end to it! You’d think at best they would call for Murphy’s removal and do get me wrong, Murphy is person but as a public education leader I am sorry, he sucks!
Christina School District starts cutting costs Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Two days after voters slapped down a request to raise property taxes to cover growing costs, the Christina School District announced Thursday cost-cutting actions to prepare for a looming budget deficit.
The district has placed a freeze on new hiring and axed all travel for district personnel. District administrators also cut school budgets and directed department heads and principals to start cutting overtime, reducing contracted services and eliminating or leaving unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay for extra responsibilities, like advisers and coaches.
“We don’t want people to think that we’re going to start shutting programs down now. We’re very respectful of what our students and schools are engaged in,” said Superintendent Freeman Williams. “At the same time, we need to be prudent and responsible and begin to prepare for the adjustments we need to make.”
The district also will begin looking at possible reductions to pay for administrators and will invite teacher unions to discuss the possibility of reduced pay or eliminating jobs, Williams said.
The Markell tarot cards are lining up for collapse of Christina School District. If this were to happen and legislators answer is divided Christina and fold it into Red Clay, Brandywine and Colonial they’ll have a big surprise! There will be push-back from from these district communities because the need would be so great the funding required to restore Christina programming will hurt programming in the receiving district. You can bet those districts will go to referendum many times!
If DOE Jenny is envisioning an all charter school district takeover of Christina she better think twice. DOE Jenny has job stability issues! Markell will be go and as we know in Delaware out goes the trash left behind! She better stick to California dreaming!
To the brothers in Wilmington! It’s time to man-up and call for a Wilmington School District! If you think Red Clay, Brandywine, Colonial or a charter district is going to solve “your” problem, you got it wrong! The time is ripe to take ownership and stop being “owned”. If Red Clay were to takeover Christina priority schools I assure you Red Clay as we know it will suffer. Red Clay’s basement is currently filling with water and as one board member helps bail another may is adding it back. The Red Clay coup d’etat has begun and the notion of Red Clay taking any school from any other district isn’t going to happen. Good brothers of Wilmington, Markell doesn’t give a shit about Christina! He want’s revenge because Christina didn’t bow-down to kiss ring or ass! Don’t farm your children out to a district that still uses force busing one way and one color.
Get your decoder rings out folks ! Some where between binary, hex and decimal you’ll find it! That’s four bottles of Makers Mark for you Publius.
The C-17 load-master needs a big Red Clay Chicken Dinner! Careers will be on the line! Back off Johnny Jet !
I just started reviewing DE DOE’s “official” high school dropout report and here we go again!!!!!!!!!
See page 13 Dropout by District , Delaware Academy of Public Safety. 2013-14, 5.2% dropout rate. Then go to page 14 Dropout by School, Delaware Academy of Public Safety 2013-14, 0.0% WTF ?
Also, do note DE DOE’s usage of the <15. This is a manipulation tool where as DE DOE doesn’t show actual number of dropouts. This was used for 19 high schools. DE DOE doesn’t want to be precise because they can manipulate the data to produce desirable data outcomes. Isn’t it amazing Delaware Secretary of Education blows the “data” horn and yet he uses <15 data manipulation to game the data to desirable outcomes. Come on Mr & Mrs Heff! WTF ?
Folks DE DOE individuals hired via Race to The Top federal grant are going to be shuffled whereas they keep their employment with DE DOE under state funding. But don’t worry, within a year you’ll see the exodus of the corporate laced trash Markell brought into the $$$ circle!
The governorship will stay in the hands re: 2016 election! That is a FACT! However, there will be a purging of DE DOE removing the Rodel cancer!
Originally posted on Transparent Christina:
So today we have the state’s 2 largest district seeking affirmation from their communities to take more taxes from them in order to strengthen and preserve the most sacrosanct public trust we as a state and nation have: the education of our children. It is the conclusion of much consideration from elected school boards and the sole way in which Delaware code permits its local share of education dollars to be modified: direct election. I love democracy, and the vote. Today we receive our truth and I am A-OK with that; however, the General Assembly is directly elected and they control taxes as well. Why not the school taxes? Perhaps they feel it is best to keep the decisions truly local and not burden their colleagues with provincial battles? Perhaps they are just enamored with selective direct voting? Perhaps they are cowards, afraid to preserve this public trust over their…
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