Nancy Willing over at Delaware Way is running this post: October 30, 2014 Education Update: DDOE Seeks Public Input On “A New Accountability System”…..No, Not Accountability For DDOE…..For Our School
Over at Delaware Liberal blogger Delaware Dem is running this post: December 29, The DOE Education Survey
Comment by Pandora:
The illustrations are of a stoplight (I guess green is good, yellow is warning and red is bad), Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F), Symbols (Green Star, yellow check, red X – like the stoplight) and Performance ratings (Distinguished, Meets Expectations, On Watch, On Probation).
Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I guess if we only changed letter grades to a stoplight we’d see improvement.
Though we are talking K-12, it may appears the agenda is bigger. Look at this; August 27, 2104 The White House plans to rate your college — here’s what you need to know BY KYLA CALVERT
And unlike most magazine-based college rankings, schools will not be listed one-by-one from best to worst. Instead, they’ll be grouped into broad categories like Excellent, Good, Fair or A, B, C, D.
Kline, Alexander Respond to Administration’s College Ratings Proposal WASHINGTON, D.C. | December 19, 2014 –
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statements after the Department of Education released the framework for an unprecedented college ratings system:
“The same administration that created the HealthCare.gov debacle, now wants to arbitrarily grade and rank our nation’s diverse system of colleges and universities,” said Chairman Kline. “After working for more than a year on this unprecedented scheme, the department clearly hasn’t begun to figure it out. We should be looking for opportunities to empower students and families with information that allows them to make informed decisions. This should be done through commonsense reforms of the law, and there is already strong bipartisan support for such an effort. This so-called college ratings system is a fool’s errand and the secretary needs to stop it immediately.”
From Education Week November 09, 2012 NCLB Waiver Plans Push School Grading Systems States assign stars, letters, ratings By Andrew Ujifusa
As more states move to assign letter grades, stars, and other ratings to schools through their federal No Child Left Behind Act waiver applications, the diversity of the plans shows that getting an A or an F would mean different things in different states.
There could be unintended consequences. With easy-to-grasp A-F letter grades in Arizona, for example, parents could end up flocking in droves to A schools, since the state has an open enrollment policy, said Arizona PTA President Rochelle Wells. Since districts generally do not pay transportation costs for students from outside a school’s neighborhood, children from wealthier backgrounds could have a leg up on attempts to get into A schools, she said.
But Ms. Wells said that, for the most part, she thought the new A-F system would help parents.
“The actual letter, I think, makes a parent understand it better,” she said.
Now for the Kilroy’s analogy; It’s obvious there is a deep-seeded agenda to push a common core like school rating system to compliment Common Core Standards and gee wouldn’t it be nice if parents were able to use the same measurement tools in selecting colleges.
DE DOE promotes their agenda as collaborating with parents and the community and a good thing. However, DE DOE is part of laying a smoke-screen to cover the Arne Duncan and Wall Street Trojan Horse agenda. Folks it’s all part of the master plan! If Duncan can work in the shadows and push lapdogs like Governor Markell into changing state school rating systems they can jump out and say great idea! See there is no federal agenda, the states pushed a plan.
Sadly the clueless fucks in legislative hall will buy into this plan and for sure Delaware PTA will be ask via funding to help educate parents. Delaware PTA now is the time to engage! Any changes in the state school rating system must be approved by our state legislators.
Folks DE DOE didn’t think of this themselves and we all know Governor Jack Markell writes the script.
All this shit comes at a good time as it will create a diversion within social media groups that will shift some of the focus off of Priority Schools and the civil rights charge up the hill against DE DOE and Red Clay. Yea Yea Yea I know Mr. Matthews the district and labor will be boxed it the corner like Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. There is that we have no choice escape hatch! Or Markell will fuck us on state funding if we don’t drop to our knees!
Mark my words there is an agenda brewing and you can be attempts to reauthorize NCLB will have this new rating system embed within.