Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

Red Clay promotion / retention policy sets the bar too low

Red Clay

Promotion, Retention, and Graduation Instruction Policy 7011

Promotion and retention decisions shall follow State law and local
requirements. At the elementary level, students shall be reading on grade level inorder to be promoted.
Grades 1-8
 Students in grades 1-8 must pass 50% of their instructional program each year (excluding physical education) to be promoted to the next grade level.
They must pass English Language Arts or its equivalent, including English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual classes designed to develop English proficiency.
Grades 9-12
By state regulation, high school students must pass a specific number of courses each year in the areas of English, mathematics, and social studies and must earn a specific number of credits to be promoted. 

Graduation Requirements, To graduate from a District high school, a student must complete a minimum of 24 credits including four credits in English Language Arts, 4 credits in mathematics, 3 credits in science, 4 credits in social studies, 2 credits in world language, 1 credit in physical education, 0.5 credits in health, 3 credits in a career pathway (visual and performing arts, world language, and/or career technical education) and 2.5 credits in elective courses (visual and performing arts, world language, or career technical education).
In addition, state law requires that students enrolled in grade 10 receive driver education. Students who successfully complete the driver education coursework shall receive 0.25 elective credit.

Through all the education reform raising the bar and stop lying to students and parents Red Clay hasn’t address their Promotion, Retention, and graduation on Policy 7011. 

“At the elementary level, students shall be reading on grade level in order to be promoted.” Lie #1. Then why are students going to the next grade not reading on grade level? How can we hold teachers accountable if students aren’t prepared for a given grade level? I know I’ve ranted about social promotion before but it needs to be addressed!Students in grades 1-8 must pass 50% of their instructional program each year (excluding physical education) to be promoted to the next grade level.” Lie #2. Do you really believe the schools are following this policy?

I know all the social ramifications in regards to social promotion but it’s time to get serious about addressing the problems. We cannot reform public education unless we address social promotion and stop handing out empty high school diplomas. 

Will Joe Biden recycle his 1988 Iowa presidential speech?

Same old song ! 

Delaware Senator Sokola bitch-slaps Delaware Rep. Kowalko

Senator David Sokola has some nerve attacking State Representative John Kowalko in his News Journal hit piece..

Many forget or might not know Senator Sokola is the godfather of DSTP the former standardized student test that was flawed from day! Remember those 3-tiered diplomas grading student based on one test like sides of beef in the supermarket. The Basic Diploma was destined to at- risk struggling minority children. As for speical ed students Sokola took the position those students should take grade-level assessments with limited accommodations. As far as charter schools, Sokola was one of Newark Charters original board members. Rather than support all of public education his personal choice to join the Newark Charter School Board signified the beginning of his bias for charter schools and less support for traditional public schools. Sokola worked in shadows helping Newark Charter secure a conduit loan through the county. Sokola was the stick in the mud holding Delaware back from advancing student assessment to a growth model plan. For the life on me, I don’t understand why Senator Sokola is the Chairman of the Delaware Senate Education Committee. That leadership belongs to a no-bias leader, not one manipulating others to support charter schools. The process at best is skewed!

“Therefore it was troubling for us as Senate Education Committee members to read a recent opinion piece by one of our colleagues entitled “Lawmakers flunk charter reform test.”  

Sokola is referring to state representative Kowalko. Kowalko calls it as he sees it and was right-on! Sokola is bent out of shape because the egg on his face dripped down to the crack of his ass! And you can bet Sokola worked on Rep Hudson to get her to kick H.B. #23 under the bus after passing house education committee. Sokola doesn’t want no parts of recording school board meetings especially for charter’s. 

Senator Sokola is and always has been on the corporate bandwagon that allows the likes of Rodel to have a major say in Delaware public school reform. Pretty sad Dave, business has a greater voice in education reform than parents.

Senator Sokola sits on  the sidelines as DE DOE losses all capacity to effectively approve charter and provide oversight to charter schools. Some charter schools fail because they lack clear transparency and don’t even follow some of the laws supporting transparency. Sokola sees this as growing pains.

Senator Sokola questions his legislative colleague Rep Kowalko is his News Journal hit price and I hope Kowalko is allowed the NJ space to respond! 

The charter school law is a mess because Senator Sokola is a Jack Markell lapdog protecting his campaign corporate investors and special interest!