Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

Red Clay is reviewing their magnet and charter schools admission policies and you have a voice!

The previous blog post is from Mike O of the seventh type blog. Board member Kenny Rivera was successful in convincing the other board members to establish a review committee. 

Here and over at seventh type blog you have an opportunity to weigh in on the issue and I am quite sure some Red Clay folks are looking in.

Here is something I posted back in February  Red Clay’s Conrad Choice process seriously FLAWED Posted on  by kilroysdelaware and this which I’ve been updating data since Conrad continues to shed black students Posted on  by kilroysdelaware. First post was back in 2011 Careful how you yell success in school turnaround Posted on  by kilroysdelaware.

As far as Charter School of Wilmington, by now you’ve heard all sides of the argument.

In case you didn’t know, one of Red Clay’s chartered Delaware College Preparatory Academy is hanging by a thread. In June we’ll hear a call for closure or more probation? I am calling it closure! 

Red Clay is the only school district in Delaware to have charter schools, magnet schools, traditional schools and has an aggressive Choice school program.

Should Red Clay charter schools be exclusively Red Clay students?

Should Red Clay magnet schools be exclusively Red Clay students?

Should all Red Clay charter schools and magnet schools have admission process that mirrors the same process it uses for it’s Choice school program? 

Go Kenny!

the seventh type

From WDEL:

Red Clay’s School Board creates a new committee to investigate charter and magnet school admissions policies for possible prejudice.

Board member Kenneth Rivera, District C, introduced the topic at Wednesday night’s meeting.

“If you look at the demographics at some of the schools, it is a vast disproportionate number of students who are of low income, special ed, certain races who are not attending certain schools,” Rivera says. “So my question is, why?”

As commenter Publius often notes over at Kilroy’s, Red Clay is simply responding to demand. WDEL continues:

There’s no doubt charter and magnet schools in Red Clay School District are a popular option.

Yes, and separate drinking fountains were once a popular option in certain quarters.

But race aside,

Numbers also show 53.9 percent of kids in Red Clay are considered low-income, but 5.7 percent of Charter School of Wilmington students are low-income. […]


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DCAS contract with AIR ends June 30, 2014! Delaware state legislators in the dark

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New State Assessment Contract Awarded

A five-year contract has been awarded by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), located in Washington, D.C., to begin the immediate development and piloting of a new statewide assessment system for public school students in grades 2-10, known as the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS).

Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, AIR will pilot:

  • online testing in reading and mathematics for grades 3-8,

  • end-of-course online testing for high school students in English language arts, mathematics and science,

  • online testing in science and social studies in selected grades, and

  • online benchmark testing in reading and mathematics in grades 2-10 to help teachers plan instruction according to the students’ needs and show student growth towards Delaware standards.

The DCAS will become fully operational for the 2010-2011 school year.  The total cost of the five year contract is $24.6 million effective until June 30, 2014. The DDOE reserves the right to extend the contract for as many as five additional one-year extensions if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the State of Delaware.

Because the state is obliged to continue school accountability in the present school year for federal No Child Left Behind legislation, the current DSTP assessment will continue to be administered in March 2010 in grades 2-10 for reading and mathematics and in May, 2010 in grades 8 and 11 for science and social studies.

ALL FOR NOTHING! 24.6 million dollars DOWN THE DRAIN! Also down the drain the growth model state assessment we all agreed was important and the right direction away from the one test tells all DSTP. So right when we get all the bugs worked out DCAS in comes The Smarter Balanced Assessment with many more bugs!

With the AIR contract expiring Delaware is stuck with the Smarter Balanced Assessment because the the “DEAL” has been cut! However, the Smarter Balanced Assessment is not aligned with state law and the intent of House Bill #334 was to make it legal.

At the end of the day we must question the legislative process that enacts one law on student assessment and allows the governor and DE DOE to move full steam ahead spending more money implementing pilot test for a new assessment test that ins’t aligned with provisions of state law. Don’t you think such conversation should take place first so that the state legislators can see and the cards, cost and impact?

The taxpayers invest 24.6 million dollars in the AIR contract and million more in loss in productive of educator and state official time during collaborating and development. Also, students and parents were put through great stress adapting to new standards and demands of a new assessment test! So, now it’s here we go again students and parents! 

Our children are getting to be nothing but lab rats in the race to Wall Street profits. H.B#334 has been table but you can bet the farm Delaware legislators will amend the law making The Smarter Balanced Assessment legal. But we’ll be watching and expose all! 

Delaware: House Ed Committee tables H.B.#334 Re: Smarter Balanced Assesment

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 334
  (Tabled in Committee)  

Primary Sponsor:


Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Sokola


Rep. Heffernan

Introduced on :


Long Title:


Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill provides for the transition of the statewide student assessment system, the Delaware Comprehensive Student Assessment (DCAS), to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (Smarter). Specifically, the bill removes references to multiple assessments.


Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   05/08/2014

  (Tabled in Committee)  

H.B #334 has been table in the House Education Committee which Rep Scott one of the bill’s sponsor is Chair of the committee.

Tabled means, “In parliamentary procedure, to table a bill simply means to set it aside for the moment. The phrase literally comes from setting the matter at hand down on the table beside the speaker. In common modern usage, this is a polite way of killing a bill because the speaker rarely picks bills back up from the table and they sit there indefinitely.”

As I see it, unless the state legislators amends the law. Delaware Code Title 14, Chapter 1, Subchapter III, State Public Education Assessment and Accountability System, Sub-Chapter 151 State Assessment System and Accountability; rule and regulations , Replacing DCAS with The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be illegal. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is piloting this year will selected schools / district.  

I have a hunch that our state legislators tabled H.B. #334 to bring it back via a sneak attack towards the end of legislative session and jamming it in there.

Senator Dave Sokola is one of the sponsors and is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee Representative Darryl Scott Chair of the House Education Committee and Representative Debra Heffernan wife of State Board Member G. Patrick Heffernan is the sole Co-Sponsor. Folks all three legislators signed on to the piece shit of legislation which is nothing more than a SELL-OUT of students, parents, teachers and the taxpayers. The change in state testing shifting the state standards test from a stand-alone state test to a nationalize standardize test is one of the links that is a gateway to expanded federal intervention and a nationalize database holding personal information about students and their parents down to discipline issues as far back as kindergarten. Worst of all it undermine local school board control. Local school board are already being pulled into irrelevancy like the Delaware State Board of Education. Hef talks a good game but he knows, don’t stray too far or his Markell shock-collar will go off. Rep. Scott is not seeking reelecting because many in the community are dissatisfied with him and he support for Sec of Ed Murphy joining Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change was a blunder.

I am telling you there is a sneak attack coming to amend the law to make The Smarter Balanced Assessment legal. Some say with H.B.#334 being table is dead! I don’t believe that and it will come back in a bundle package.