Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

Question of the day re: School Psychologists ?????

Are school psychologist required to be “licensed” by the state? Looks like yes to me but DEEDS appears to only display DE DOE credentials not “Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the National School Psychology Certification Board, OR another U.S. state (in which case the individual must hold a valid certificate in school psychology)”

Licensure

Individuals wishing to become employed as school nurses in a Delaware public school must be licensed by both the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (see Regulation 1580 School Nurse). Individuals wishing to become employed as school psychologists in a Delaware public school must be credentialed by the Delaware Department of Education as well as by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the National School Psychology Certification Board, OR another U.S. state (in which case the individual must hold a valid certificate in school psychology) (see Regulation 1577 School Psychologist). Candidates for nurse or psychologist licensure/certification by the Department of Education will be required to furnish a copy of licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation (or other approved body in the case of school psychologist candidates (see above)) as part of the Department of Education’s application process. Candidates for school nurse will also need to provide a copy of verification of current CPR training. To find out more about the requirements for licensure by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, please call (302) 744-4500 or visit the Division’s website.

Sen. Sokola & Rep. Scott calls for joint meeting to prepare for the adoption of Common Core Standards

Joint Committee Meeting Notice

Chamber: Joint

Committee: Education

Chairman: Scott Committee:

Chairman: Sokola

Date/Time: 05/07/2014 03:00:00 PM Agenda Comment:

Presentation by Department of Education on Development and Implementation of the Common Core State Standard

Folks listen-up! The Smarter Balanced Assessment is not legal under Delaware Title 14 laws that governs public education.

This is the current the law: 

TITLE 14 

Education Free Public Schools

CHAPTER 1. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 Subchapter III. State Public Education Assessment and Accountability

System § 151 State assessment system; rules and regulations.

(b) Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the Department shall begin to administer both accountability and growth assessments of student achievement for students in grades 3 through 8, provided that additional grades may be added by the Department. One assessment shall occur within 30 school days of the beginning of the academic year, the second assessment shall occur at a time established by the Department which will allow its results to guide education of students within the current school year. In addition, the Department shall administer end of course assessments in appropriate high school grades.

The law says, growth assessments with one within 30 days of the beginning of the academic year, another within middle and another at end of course at the high school level. The Smarter Balance Assessment is a once a year spring test. Yes the district can use their own assessment for the other two requirements. However, the district tests across districts and charter schools are not the same and not aligned. The data results will be skewed! Also note, the legal charge is to the Department of Education to administer. Folks allowing districts free run of the first two assessment without proper security skews the entire state assessment process. Also, The Smarter Balanced Assessment is not a growth model based assessment! Being at the end of the year it has no value towards implementation of student academic intervention needs during the academic year. This process will either require students to be held back, pushed ahead when not ready or summer school whereas, intervention during the year could provide a different outcome. Also, The Smarter Balance Assessment will be the test charter schools look at and who know some day colleges and universities “might” want a peek.  

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is driven by the Common Core Standards. Ask Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf when did the Delaware legislators approved the Common Core Standards? THEY DIDN’T. This joint meeting is the seed to amend Title 14 that permits Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment to be law. Senator Sokola and Representative Scott will introduce legislators or have Schwartzkopf little puppet Rep. Longhurst to sponsor such legislation. And yes Rep. Hudson will do as Longhurst says!

Parents and teachers I am tell you, the joint meeting is the seed of hell! Raise your voice now and make it be known, NO!  

Teachers and teacher union leaders PLEASE PLEASE stand up and say no to Common Core Standards and no to The Smarter Balance Assessment! Do it Please! It’s for the kids!

Please parents and teachers E-mail your state legislator and tell them Please Don’t Support Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. Here is a link to their profiles and E-mails: Delaware State Representatives and Delaware State Senate. 

Big push back in Delaware re: Common Core Standards! Gov Markell says, no federal intrusion

Delaware teachers laud Common Core progress. Some parents complain the standards are pushing students too hard Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Over the past year or so, Delaware has seen protests from conservative groups who say the standards are robbing power from local school boards and teachers. Some parents complain the standards are pushing students too hard and burdening them with too much work.

The discontent has spread to some teachers – the Representative Assembly of theDelaware State Education Association voted “no confidence” in March on how the state is implementing the standards.

Things are even more turbulent in other states: Indiana became the first of the 45 states that signed on to officially withdraw, bowing to pressure from those seeking more local control.

Supporters of Common Core, like the teachers at Thursday’s event, say some of the backlashis rooted in misinformation. Gov. Jack Markell, a Common Core supporter, told the teachers not to lose resolve.

“I wish the whole state could see what you’re showing us today,” Markell said. “Then they would see that this isn’t about a federal takeover. This is isn’t about some kind of ‘education reform’ agenda, it’s about continuously improving for our kids.”

Well I am glad DSEA is digging in against Common Core Standards. According to this NJ this group of 250 teachers were all supporters of Common Core Standards. That goes to show you the extremes Governor Markell will go to stack the decks in his favor. What did he do, counsel-out those wanting to attend that don’t support Common Core Standards?

Yes Governor Markell it is a federal takeover of our local schools and local control. Your boy Matt Denn is railroading H.B. #23 so parents and the community can’t hear the truth! Shame on Matt Denn for drinking the Kool-aid you pissed in!