Smarter Balanced is not developing end-of-course assessments. The 11th grade summative assessment will provide evidence that students are college- and career-ready. However, Smarter Balanced will develop software to allow states to create end-of-course assessments using the interim item bank.
As many of you know DCAS is going to be replaced with Smarter Balanced Assessment. It appears the participating states will decide if they’ll elect creating an end-of-course assessment.
What good are end-of-course of assessments if they have no bearing on pass or fail? If the end-of-course assessment suggest the student hasn’t effectively mastered grade level whereas all other indicators during the school year suggest otherwise, will the student be retained at current grade level? When happens if Delaware decides on a high school exit exam in order for the student to receive a high school diploma? They don’t graduate? Certification of Completion not a High School Diploma?
One would think assessment is a tool to help a student better complete grade level work. Using it at the end of the year has no real value because, when the student starts the next grade level the following school year they’ll take the beginning of the year assessment.
So my vote would be no! Delaware need not consider spending more money and productively time on an end-of-course assessment.
There is no real proof charter schools are better than traditional public schools in the context of a free and equitable public school for all.
Before I get to my rants, I support charter schools as a choice parents and students can take. In some respects I see charter schools as a means to abandon traditional public schools leaving behind students aka children who have no legal advocates not even parents stepping up to ensure they become academically successful. Our legal system does not hold parents accountable for academic neglect of their children. Some parents see public schools as daycare centers and believe its the teachers job to educated their children even if the parent doesn’t ensure homework is complete, their child fed and rested and prepare to learn. As charter schools grow more and more children will be left behind in a melting pot of throw away children. As the best and brightest and children who have parents as advocates send their children to charter schools the overall “academic” achievement level of traditional public schools will be strained and fall.
The charter school experiment in Delaware is a complete failure. Charter schools who serve at-risk students on average don’t outperform at-risk students being served by traditional schools. However, always exceptions to the rule on both side. Overachievers have and will out-perform not matter the setting. Charter School of Wilmington excludes at-risk students because they feel at-risk students don’t meet the specific interest of CSW’s program. Is letting these students in setting them up for failure. What about charter schools serving at-risk students? Do they have honor programs with the same high standards as CSW? Does CSW suggest that at-risk students hold back high-achieving students? What about at-risk charter schools, will a program designed for at-risk students hold-back students with potential of being a high-achieving student or a CSW over achiever? Were is the middle of the road charter school that provides quality programs to meet all students needs and challenge their academic growth? The reality is, this is what traditional public schools were meant to do.
Want to blame the teachers union? Go-ahead! But tell me why are many students in nonunion charter schools not meeting the standards? Why isn’t the business rountable demanding the purging of charter school teachers failing student as they claim protected union teachers are? And let’s not confuse AYP with meeting the standards.
Can Charter School of Wilmington or Newark Charter School takeover an existing public school lock, stock and barrel and replicate the same academic success they currently have? DON’T THINK SO! They are successful because of specific interest admission preferences, sibling preferences and well crafted targeted recruitment practices. Struggling charter schools serving at-risk students made that choice to serve at-risk students but in many respect they are shining stars and perhaps have more skillful teachers than CSW. No. I am not whacked! Could it be students prepared and eager to learn makes a teacher’s job easier?
As far as charter schools and capital funding. You don’t see charter organizers crying during the charter school application process. Technically capital funding shouldn’t be a charter school question because the founders knew the rules of engagement when applying. Though charter schools don’t have unions, they do have lawyers and influential business leaders trying to politically manipulate the playing field. Dare anyone mount a legal challenge to CSW specific interest admission preference. You’ll see an alignment of lawyers and business leaders unionizing!
In the big picture, Delaware public school system is a complete failure and I not talking about student academic achievement. I am talking structurally. We have reform efforts including the charter concept going into many direction “wasting” millions of dollars looking for the magic reform bullet when the code to make students academically successful has been know or 50 years. If the system faced the truth many administrative and consultant jobs would be loss! Billions across the country would be saved by the lack of need for intense repetitive student assessment. The U.S Department of Education and the Delaware Department of Education wouldn’t be needed at the current level of involvement. We don’t need a 6,000 employee U.S. DOE and DE DOE could be cut by at-least 50%.
The answer to creating a successful education environmental would be holding all stakeholders accountable on an equal basis. Legislators would be responsible for funding public school eliminating the referendum process such as currently with voctech schools. Teachers who can’t cut it after a fair evaluation system would be ask to leave OR be provided an opportunity for intervention / serious one on one staff development. Teachers would not be required to teacher out of their trained subject matter. Internal administration appointment wouldn’t be based on who can kiss the boss’s ass better and must have a proven record and credits in administrative course work. School levle site-based share decision-making teams that include parents and community member would have a voice central administration and school board would have to take serious. Family court would be require to take truancy cases serious that must include state family service agencies. School leaders unenrolling truant students without follow legal proces will be criminally charged. Parents to be held accountable for academic neglect of their children that could result in fines, reduction welfare or even probation or jail. If their child is deemed delinquent family services must become involved and alternative school placement be used. Student discipline would include students attending school on Saturday and summer school if needed and referred to family court and / or family services. As far as the governor, hands off! The Delaware Secretary of Education must be elected as well as the state board of education.
Delaware needs to end this fractured education system that divides, discriminates, is deceptive, dishonest, ignores civil rights, financially wasteful, political toxic, uses poverty as a profit center, over-bloated administratively, provides free trips and meals to administrators that yields no tangible value to our schools and most of all has been a disservice to our children and keeps parents injected with Kool-aid.
Col. David E. Deputy, chief of staff for the Delaware Air National Guard, is scheduled to be promoted to brigadier general on Saturday during a ceremony at the Delaware Air National Guard headquarters in New Castle.
Deputy, of Hockessin, serves as the principal adviser to the guard’s commander and administers programs for the approximately 1,100 guardsmen. He has served in the Delaware Air National Guard for 36 years. He also is a retired state trooper.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilmington University. Deputy is married with a son.
Classic Delaware local success story. Amazing! Attach is something for students who might consider a career in the Delaware Air National Guards.
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