Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Goodbye DCAS, hello to Smarter Balanced Assessment

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

“The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.”

Look like DCAS as we know it will be getting the boot 2014-15 school year and will be replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment a national standardized test.

When Governor Markell took it upon himself to sign Delaware up for Common Core Standards in clear violation of Title 1 Section 1118 he also signed Delaware up for the Smarter Balanced Assessment

DCAS scores appear to be up statewide! And now for the conversation!

For years many Delaware schools were failing based on DSTP the old student test. Now with two school years of data the DCAS (new test) suggest we’re going in the right direction. Question is, our failure mindset was formulated on the DSTP the test deemed flawed. DSTP was flawed from day-one when it rolled out in Spring 1998. It took Jack Markell 10 years to declare DSTP flawed when many others even his opponent for Governor Bill Lee was on board 4 years before going up against Markell. Also, let’s not forget former Governor Tom (old man) Carper was the Godfather of DSTP and even to this day he claims responsibility for reforming Delaware public schools. DSTP and DCAS aren’t apples to apples. Even the standards and curriculum used are different. But one thing for sure, DCAS is a better test because of the growth model component within.

I think we need to thank DSEA members and those of us in the community who demanded a growth model based test. We all took a beating for being naysayers re: DSTP. But it was us naysayers that force the changed that delivered DCAS. DCAS was in the pipeline long before Governor Markell took office. I hope he can take his head out of his ass and be more open to the naysayers when it comes to teacher evaluations.

Many districts and charter schools will be celebrating the DCAS gains and some heads will inflate. As for Pencader, Pencader has great teachers with a former board president who was driven to push for academic success. Pencader’s recent setbacks are a result of capacity within it’s leadership. Pencader leaders failed to use great teachers as a recruiting tool and publicize student achievements in and out of school last year. It’s very sad that Pencader has to endorse “The high school block party of the century” with dance and raps contest to promote enrollment. I think that is an insult to great teachers within. Academically, Pencader is stable but concerns with leadership and board governance could be the downfall of a school with amazing potential.

The new Pencader Board of Directors needs to do some deep soul searching as to which why they’ll take the leadership.

Go to Delaware DOE’s DCAS / Assessment website for all the data

Pencader makes mensurable DCAS gains

See Reading (good improvement)

See Math (good improvement)

See Science (first year measured, sucks)

Complete Pencader Data

God particle crawls up Governor Markell’s ass

Markell vetoes Georgetown charter change  Posted on July 18, 2012 by Doug Denison

Exercising his first veto of the year, Gov. Jack Markell informed the General Assembly Wednesday that he will not be affixing his signature to Senate Bill 223, a comprehensive change to the Georgetown municipal charter.

Senate Bill 223 final passage was with a House vote of 40 yes 1 no and Senate vote  of 20 yes and 1 absent.

Governor Markell has a staff person for everything but to wipe his ass. He even has a Legislative Team so where was Markell during the legislative process? 

Governor Markell is too busy playing education czar and spending time in front of the mirror fantasizing about being President of The United States and Skipper being his VP. Jack, the legislative process took place and the odds are the bug up your ass is something you brought back from Washington, D.C. when you were crawling around on your knee pads. But looking closely at the sponsors of SB 223 I see a big (R). So odds are its about the sponsor and if it were a (D) you’d be back playing pocket pool. But Jack nearly the entire House and Senate voted yes! We all know you have the election in the bag because you have the business roundtable money in your back-pocket and I am sure you have Pete and RePete cheering for you on the sidelines. But I hope the big guy running against you at least takes off the gloves and bitch slaps you on the real issues and your self-serving ego trip. Stop being a putz!