The Delaware Department of Education will finally announce the Partnership Zone schools tomorrow. Old new to many of us so lets just humor DOE Dan.
FYI, little DOE mouse tells me option 1 closure and option 3 turnaround will not be used in any of the traditional public schools. Transformation was the side deal Markell made. As for charter schools, Markell will use you for the whipping post because charter staff don’t even have the balls to form a unions let alone mount a campaign against Jack Markell run for governor in 2012. Wake up charter school teachers!!! Organize and unionized ASAP!!
Partnership Zone schools must use one of the four reform models prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education. The choices:
•Closure — shutting down the school.
•Restart — handing over management to a private company or turning it into a charter school.
•Turnaround — removing the principal and at least half the teachers.
•Transformation — replacing the principal and increasing school leader effectiveness; reforming instruction; increasing learning time; and creating community-oriented schools with operational flexibility
I suspect it will take about 4 years before we see any Delaware teacher fired for being “ineffective” under the new teacher evaluation system associated with Race to The Top. Delaware new student test that replaces DSTP called Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System was test piloted last year, school year 2009-2010. Delaware DOE is currently sifting through the data to determine where the cut scores will be. I am sure they will be low as possible in efforts to make it appear there has been achievement gain just in time for the 2012 elections. But the bottom line is , it will take at least three years of test cycles before any attempt to use student achievement data associated with teacher effectiveness or lack off. Now remember Race to The Top funding is only good for the next four-years. But f’ed up new stated education regulation passed by the Delaware State Board of Education appointees of Governor Markell’s DEDOE puppets will be permanent until revised. The question is, will Markell pull a Minner during his bid for relection to win DSEA’s support. Minner apparently made a backroom deal to delay teacher accountability in return or support.
If subjective test data of any kind is used to evaluate any public school teacher without factoring in other variables such as parental involvement associated with requested school meetings I would suspect and encourage public school teachers to sue their districts, the district superintendent, the Delaware Secretary of Education and the governor. Teachers should demand all school level administrators and district level administrators including the superintendent also have student achievement as part of their evaluation.
Then you have the bullshit that requires firing all teachers and school staff and only hiring 50% back. This plan is bullshit! Why should any teacher be fired in a school that can’t even meet the class size cap law? A school board voting on the waiver put undue hardship on classroom teachers. I’ve watch this waiver process for over 14 years and lack of district funding was the reason the board voted for the waivers. DSEA support the Bell to Bell bullshit to fight pay cuts but don’t fight as hard to have the class size cap waiver eliminated. No teacher should be deemed ineffective in a class that can meet the class size law.
Another lawsuit brewing will be based on paying highly effective teacher to transfer to low performing turnaround schools. What about the highly effective teacher already there? Will they get a bonus? Here we have teachers willing and desiring to teach in high poverty low performing schools but yet being chastised because school superintendents request waivers in the class size cap. I wouldn’t want any teacher who would be willing to teach in a high needs school for a bonus but refuse otherwise. Surely this is not about the student and all about the money.
Sorry to ramble but this shit pisses me off! All this money coming into education and all these wild plans but yet, no funding to effectively reduce class sizes. Pre-K pilot programs at the same time districts take class size cap waivers on kindergarten at the same school? I’ll admit, I can be an asshole (anon you must like that). However, the educators who support such a plan must be morons. Giving these kids an early leg-up and then screw then the next year in overcrowded classroom is a clear indicator someone at the top needs to go!
Young and mid-level teachers and some of you clueless old goats get you shit together without DSEA. Now is the time to build a case against this educational Frankenstein created by the business roundtables of American led by Arne Duncan a man useless as a woodpecker on an aluminum telephone pole. How many classrooms has Arne Duncan taught or administered any kind of assessment test? What about Jack Markell the inventor of the cell phone? Yea he coined NexTel and now we have a governor called NoTell! He keeps parents in the dark and excludes them from decision-making in regards to Race to The Top and these new Common Core Standards. He claims everyone came together but damn, I think he came all over himself. No telling what NoTell Jack will sign Delaware and parents up for without their input.
Teachers, though the new evaluation process isn’t finalize and DCAS isn’t really defined enough to use as part of teacher assessment, I assure you the paper-trail on your asses begins this year, 2010-2011. Keep a journal of all the events and stupid shit your building administrators pulls. Race to The Top will become a backstabbing race between teachers. In the private sectors fellow employees aka coworkers will throw another under the bus in a heartbeat to get ahead. Ok you have shit like this as this is the road many teachers took to become administrators. But now its going to get down to teaching positions. Always remember, your friends make for your worst enemies. Something the shortest route to success requires backstabbing and ass kissing. The system will need sacrificial lambs! Don’t let it be you. Good luck this year and my God protect and save your asses from Jack Markell and his DC butt buddy Arne Duncan.
It appears Delaware’s new teacher rating process would deem teachers Highly Effective, Effective or Ineffective.
Should parents have the right to know their child’s performance ratings? Personally, I think I would want to know.
Should the school district be held liable for the negative educational impact an ineffective teachers have on your child?
Do keep in mind teachers deemed ineffective will receive professional intervention. Now the question is, will the interventionist be a Highly Effective teacher themselves? Perhaps we should track these ineffective teachers like bad eggs to see when hen-house (college) they came from.
This gets good! If a crybaby district superintendent threatens to have their lawyer review their evacuations should teachers do the same.
In teachers defense I think a parental involvement score be added to the teacher evaluation equation. Using student achievement data as a prime factor in teachers evaluation is fine. However, there are variables and parental involvement can’t be a factor either way.
I feel building administration should be held accountable for the level of parental involvement in a given school. I am not talking about attending PTA or baking cookies. I am talking about the basic responsibilities ensuring their child comea to school with homework complete and necessary supplies. Also responsive to teacher and school communication related to their child’s education.