Parent Choice Portal Project Analysis, Design, and Development RFP # 2014-05
1.2. Project Overview The purpose of the Parent Choice Portal is to empower parents to make more informed decisions about where to send their children to school and provide them with an accessible and easy-to-navigate tool for participating in School Choice. By increasing transparency around the quality of our schools and engaging more parents in School Choice, the State believes it can exert public pressure on our schools and districts so that there is greater accountability for improved outcomes for Delaware’s students. The information supplied to stakeholders through the Parent Choice Portal will be derived from the comprehensive longitudinal data sets maintained by DDOE, supplemented by data supplied by human service, workforce and higher education partner organizations in Delaware. The primary goals of this effort are as follows: Provide parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about where to send their children to school Illuminate the comparative strengths of our schools as well as opportunities for improvement Streamline school choice by providing parents with the opportunity to use a state portal to initiate the school choice process A parent should be able to use this system to understand how well a school fits the needs of their child – whether academic, extracurricular, or otherwise – and initiate the process of applying to that school. A school should be able to use this system to market their unique strengths, while also understanding their attractiveness to parents in the context of similar schools within Delaware.
It appears Delaware is setting the stage for parents to view teacher performance ratings online. As many know DEEDS is available but only displays teachers credentials. As far as rating schools to make an informed decision Delaware already has the school profile dashboard that even includes the individual school’s discipline profile and much more.
Some teachers feel parents don’t have the right to know their teacher performance ratings. But this RFP is setting the stage! Just think opting out of state student test could be a possibility! So why not demanding your child not be place in teacher with bottom of the barrel ratings? Do I agree with all of this? Irrelevant! A day “will” come where parent will had such access to make that “informed decision.” The technological building blocks to do so are lining up.
Yea yea I know Kilroy is a crack-pot! He yelled the sky is falling with Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment! But that all proved to be a lie! Right?