Teachers could get a second year without scores on the big state standardized test factoring in their evaluations, as the Delaware Department of Education announced Wednesday it wants to ask the federal government for a longer reprieve.
I had to give this one a bit thought! One one hand, here we go again, kicking the can down the road. We did it with DSTP, DCAS and now The Smarter Balanced Assessment. So it will be 8 years of Governor Jack Markell at the helm and he couldn’t devise a fair plan to hold teachers accountable. On the other hand, I feel we need to hold teachers accountable at the local district and charter school level. The can be a due process and standardized fair teacher assessment at the district level and the best thing we can do is eliminate the VT process or better rate restrict! If a teacher’s performances is questionable at one school why allow them to VT? Also, I do believe we are getting better at teacher preparation and we need to reach out and help struggling teacher but set a timetable.
Delaware already has federal approval to forgo using this year’s results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the tough new test kids are taking for the first time, in teachers’ evaluations. If the State Board of Education signs off, Delaware would ask the feds to allow them to remove next year’s results from the evaluations as well.
Same thing happen with DSTP and DCAS!
“We have been listening to feedback from many of our stakeholders, including our teachers and state representatives, on this important issue, and we will make this request on their behalf,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said in a news release.
OMG coach! The only thing you been listening to is fart-bubbles running down you pant leg! Face it, it’s all about protecting Governor Markell’s fantasy of being a change agent when it comes to public school reform! All filled with falsehoods!
Designed to measure whether students are meeting the Common Core State Standards, which are supposed to set a higher academic bar, Smarter Balanced is designed to ask more of students than previous tests, often requiring more than multiple-choice answers.
So let me get this right! Students particularly at-risk student have trouble as it is reaching the bar many claimed to be too low will now be ask to reach for a higher bar? So ask more questions with less choices?
As a result, scores are expected to plunge. That fact, along with the text’s complexity, has made many educators nervous about using the test to judge their performance.
I give! What is text’s complexity?
Since Smarter Balanced only measures performance in reading and math, only educators that teach those subjects are affected.
We’ll that’s screwy? Why wouldn’t we want to hold history teachers, science teachers and all other teachers accountable to the same standards as reading and math teachers?