Ok, So We Can Now Opt Out. Now What? 2015’s Test Is Done.

Originally posted on kavips:

The next step is to bar this year’s test scores from all student permanent records.  If you think of it, it is the best compromise possible.  What they answered can be gleaned for any helpful tendencies to provide feedback, but no child will have on their record how poorly they did on this poorly written and put-together test….

And while at it, bar all data gleaned from the social and psychological testing part, as well.  So it never hits their record… Nothing on this test, ever hits their record. so that 20 years hence, no one can go back and see these scores. and shuffle one of today’s students aside for an executive position because they took this test and failed, whereas their co-worker vying for the same vice-presidency, went to private school and avoided the Smarter Balanced all together…..

Simply insert into the Delaware Code that student scores on the Smarter Balanced will not be…

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This is what courage looks like and sounds like re: opting-out of this wrongheaded education agenda

Christina School Board meeting 4-19-11 opening remarks.

OMG! Georgia principal goes racist during graduation commencement

Delaware News Journal two-dimensional veiws misses the mark re: Testing Opt Out

Testing vote still avoids solution News Journal Opinion

The “education war” turned more dramatic last week. The Delaware House of Representatives decisively passed a testing opt-out bill Gov. Markell opposes. If the State Senate follows suit and passes the bill, the stage will be set for a veto.

After last week’s vote, participants on all sides spoke politely about “issues” and the process, but underneath it was a power play. The governor lost this round.

At “issue” is the demand that parents have the right to exclude their children from standardized testing in Delaware schools. The testing has become contentious on both the political right and the left.

The left, backed by the teachers’ union, does not want teachers, students and schools held accountable for their performances as judged by test results. On the right, the opposition is a response to a perceived federal government takeover of local schools.

“Perceived federal government take over of local schools.” I am not going to go into a deep rant other than say the News Journal is full of shit! Race to The Top a federal grant not federal law was a hook with billions of dollars attached tactfully suckered states, RECA and DSEA into biting. Governor Markell was a willing participant to the Trojan Horse agenda. Markell made an offer that could’t be refused delivered by his pool boy DOE Dan to each and every school board in Delaware.

Now that the Race to The Top is done and over you’ll hear key educators say “we must move on” when reminded of their dance with the devil. Not going to happen at Kilroy’s. Many local school broads approved the Race to The Top MOU at the request of their district superintendents at time local and state education funding was stretched thin due to the recession. It was a game of play now and pay later. Judas sold-out tomorrow’s public school teachers to preserve as many of today’s teachers jobs. I get it and understand backs were against the wall. However, “the time to move on” is nothing more than protecting those with Race to The Top egg on their face! And those who knew damn well what as going on! Judas was rewarded with a DE DOE job that in the end bumped her state pension. 

Race to The Top had Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balance Assessment in tow.

The fight has been building for years as Delaware and just about every other state pushed to judge the performance of our schools by measuring what children learn. The testing has become more frequent and the data gathered has become more complicated.

In Delaware the call to end DSTP was because it was a single student assessment indicator twisted into measuring teachers effectiveness with a 20% pay penalty attached. As for students there were consequences such as mandatory summer school, grade retention and those 3-tiered diplomas. Sounds good in theory but based on one indicator it wasn’t so good. Teachers with the support of parents pushed backed and demanded multiple indicators to measure students and teachers. Teachers said “measure us on student growth” So in comes DCAS an assessment that did just that! So now came the time for teachers to pay-up! It was better to go along with Race to The Top which created a diversion and put the Smarter Balanced Assessment in motion aka another can to kick down the road. The only way for teachers to create another diversion is to disrupt the Smarter Balanced Assessment. In comes the “intense” parental and community support for testing opt-out. Once again like with DSTP parents took the ball and ran with it with teachers laying back making it looked like its a parent movement. One of the things parents called for was a growth model test. DCAS was that growth model and even Delaware PTA was on board. But the price to pay was more disruption to learning time with a test taken three times a year. A test that could have been avoided if teacher accountability was based on a local district agreed accountability plan using district driven multiple indicators. HOEVER in defense of good hard working teachers, accountability must be a three-way deal with parents, teachers and administrators all being accountable for their “responsibilities.”  Red Clay did take a stab at just that with the parents, school and district contract all signed by parents, school and district.  But, it was a no go when Red Clay asked to be cut out of the state’s plan. I KNOW ALL OF THIS FOR A FACT!  

The issues are very complex as is the politics within. Parents are pawns in this chess game and there are parents within that demonstrate the ability to understand the issue to a point we they don’t see the true agendas within.

The opt-out is 100% on the mark! Rep Jaques does have a good heart and in his mind he is right and of course loyal to Markell. But in the big picture as I personaly told him and all board members in attendance of the New Castle Combined Board Meeting , from a parents view this testing opt-out is more of a symbolic move to say we’re all tired of federal and state intervention of local control. Enough is enough! We have student in the system today who have been exposed to the DSTP, DCAS and now The Smarter Balanced Assessment. And lets not forget all the pilot test and realignment of  curriculum to meet the needs of the new assessments. The data across this time-span is shewed and is pretty much invalid. Does Rep Jaques have the courage to call for legislation requiring charter and traditional schools be funded like votechs? No referendums? Local tax rates set by state legislators? The testing opt-out is an assessment on Governor Jack Markell and pretty much says, Jack Markell has failed our children and educators and let it be known election 2016 is just around the corner.  

At the end of the day if the testing opt-out makes it through the state senate and signed by the governor the reality is, students and parents win nothing unless we see the dismantling of Delaware participation in this national political laced agenda such as the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments. We need to see state education funding be based on needs based funding. Whereas we see more teachers and more paraprofessional not administration, testing and consultants. We need more transparency on the local district school to allow parents and the community to be the watch dogs. Government proved time and time again the can’t be their own watch dogs. Look what is happening to high poverty charter schools! They are being uses pawns, as examples of how Markell can close failing schools. But at the same time Markell continues to allow discriminatory charter admission preferences which are seeded in state.  

The current standardized testing regime is flawed and over technical. A solution that would work for all of the children and all of the parents is needed.

And to do so we must end the federal intervention of local control and put a firewall between the governor and education policies that meets the needs of national education political agendas rather than state and local education agendas. 

Looks like we need a parent opt-out for Red Clay’s Nonsense Word Reading Assessment!

Mr. Matthews needs to stop worry about perfecting his carrot cake recipe and put and end to having strangers coming in schools and pluck students out of class to complete a nonsense word reading assessment for the sole purpose of evaluating the the student’s teacher .

I have a parent reaching out to me and telling me her child’s teacher informed her that her child will be pulled out of class and be given a “nonsense word reading assessment” that will be administered by a stranger to her child. The parent is telling me that the teacher herself can’t give the test because it will be conflict of interest! I was like how? Because the results will be part of the teacher’s evaluation.

Folks this Common Core Standards is becoming toxic! I am not sure how accurate the parent’s information is but if true, I think enough is enough and time to put an end to common core standards in Delaware is now not when we get a new governor.

Hey Mr. Matthews! Please sort out fact and fiction here. I am only going by what a parent told me.  

Will charter schools be allowed to make no test opt-out conditions of admission?

Will charter schools be allowed to make no test opt-out conditions of admission?

House Bill #50 says this ; (6) The districts and charter schools shall notify all parents and guardians of this right no later than 15 days prior to the start of the assessment via its website and mailing.  The Department shall also post a notification on its website no later than 15 days prior to the start of the assessment.

House Bill #50 also says this; (3) There shall be no academic or disciplinary repercussions on the student’s record for opting out of participating in the statewide assessment.

Someone needs to watch the charter schools to see if they are communicating information suggesting directly or indirectly students must participate in the state assessment.

Will Delaware Secretary of Education Murphy allow computer data on closing charter schools fall into private hands?

Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute (MJMAI) Board of Directors’ Meeting Student Cafeteria Main Building Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:07 PM – 6:28 PM

Property tags placed on computers by K-12 need verification in order to be valid

Does “K-12″ mean K12.inc ? 

The data security in Delaware’s public school system is a deep concern! There should be a law that requiring as computer “hard-drives” be removed and destroyed when computers are discarded, sold, given away or taken back by 3rd party vendors. 

Delaware House of Representatives approved Opt-out re: Smarter Balanced Assessment

Parent Opt Out Legislation House Bill 50 Passes Delaware House of Representatives

36 Yes, 3 No, 2 Absent!  Next stop, Delaware Senate!  The vast majority of the Delaware House of Representatives voted yes for the parent opt-out bill, House Bill 50.  They nay votes were State Reps. Earl Jaques, Michael Barbieri, and Timothy Dukes.  Absent were Stephanie Bolden and Jack Peterman.  

From my  view, key players that changed the tide were State Representative John Kowalko, blogger Kevin Ohlandt ( Exceptionable Delaware) and Delaware State PTA President Terri Hodges. But certainly all those who rallied around this cause!

Shout out to State PTA President Terri Hodges, your stance of opting-out your child made it loud and clear! Delaware PTA hears the call of parents, teachers and the community and the fight for local control is on!  

 And OMG !! Rep Hudson!!!!!!!!!!!!! A yes vote!!!!!!!! I’ve restored two Kilroy’s Gold Stars for Debbie two gold starsThree more to go Debbie ! 

Are black teachers best for black children and whites for white? Some in Red Clay are questioning teacher diversity

(The following was E-mailed to Kilroy last night. )

To Whom It May Concern: 

African American teachers have been struggling for years to get hired, transfer to different schools and to advance their career with in the Red Clay School District.  We, African American teachers are yearning for our voice to be heard and we are hoping that you will be our voice and look further into this issue so that something can change within the Red Clay School District. 

Issue #1: Red Clay’s lack of employing African American teachers 

Compare to Christina School district, Red Clay doesn’t actively hire African American teachers.  Below is data pulled from the Red Clay School District Profile on DOE.  Per the Red Clay School District Profile it employs 1,035 teachers.  Out of those teachers

·   92 African American (8.8% of teachers)

·    13 Asian (1.2% of teachers)

·    38 Hispanic (3.6 of teachers) 

Compared to Christina School District that employs 1,182 Teachers. Out of those teachers:

·      199 African American (16.8% of teachers

·      13 Asian (1% of teachers)

·      25 Hispanic (2.4% of teachers)

 

The percentage of African Americans Christina School District employs are more than double the amount of African American teachers Red Clay School District employs. 

Issue #2: The placement of African American teachers and their lack of ability to transfer

Numerous African American teachers in the Red Clay School District have tried to transfer out of inner city schools and year after year they have been unsuccessful.  Yet, Even with the implementation of a district diversity committee, there are schools within the district that do not employ African American teachers (either new or by district transfer).   Out of 14 elementary schools, 4 schools have a representative African American teacher population of at least 8.8%.  Out of those schools, 2 are inner city schools with a population of 75% or more African American students. 

72 Staff Members at Brandywine Springs

American Indian

0.0%

African American

5.6%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

94.4%

55 Staff Members at Baltz

American Indian

0.0%

African American

3.6%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

9.1%

White

87.3%

36 Staff Members at Forest Oak

American Indian

0.0%

African American

11.1%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

88.9%

40 Staff Members at Heritage

American Indian

0.0%

African American

5.0%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

2.5%

White

92.5%

30 Staff Members at Highlands

American Indian

0.0%

African American

6.7%

Asian American

3.3%

Hispanic

3.3%

White

86.7%

43 Staff Members at Lewis

American Indian

0.0%

African American

9.3%

Asian American

4.7%

Hispanic

37.2%

White

48.8%

57 Staff Members at Linden Hill

American Indian

0.0%

African American

3.5%

Asian American

3.5%

Hispanic

3.5%

White

89.5%

 44 Staff Members at Marbrook

American Indian

0.0%

African American

4.5%

Asian American

2.3%

Hispanic

9.1%

White

84.1%

43 Staff Members at Mote

American Indian

0.0%

African American

2.3%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

11.6%

White

86.0%

 50 Staff Members at North Star

American Indian

0.0%

African American

0.0%

Asian American

2.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

98.0%

 30 Staff Members at Richey

American Indian

0.0%

African American

0.0%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

100.0%

 30 Staff Members at Shortlidge

American Indian

0.0%

African American

63.3%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

36.7%

 58 Staff Members at Warner

American Indian

0.0%

African American

31.0%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

1.7%

White

67.2%

39 Staff Members at Richardson Park

American Indian

0.0%

African American

7.7%

Asian American

0.0%

Hispanic

0.0%

White

92.3%

 

H.B#61 moves out of House ED Committee! Now the question is, will it fall to another desk drawer veto?

HB 61

Sponsor:

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson

Co-Sponsors: Reps. Briggs King, Dukes, Hensley, Yearick, Baumbach, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, K. Williams; Sens. Bonini, Lavelle

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.


Committee:

EDUCATION


Number of Committee Members:

14


Date of Report:

05/06/2015


Committee Vote:

Favorable:

On Its Merits:

Unfavorable:

4

7

0

Purpose of the Bill : The purpose of this bill is to require all public school board and district meetings to be digitally recorded and made available to the public via the school or district website within seven business days of the meeting.

Committee Findings: The committee found that this bill helps to alleviate potential problems regarding the on-goings of school board meetings and found the bill acceptable for release.

The ball is in the Speaker of The House’s court ! The Speaker makes the decision as to which bill goes on the House Agenda!

Is Publius a ghostwriter for the News Journal ? Supports education czar Governor Markell

Don’t tie the next governor’s hands Our View / News Journal

A General Assembly proposal to tie the hands of the next governor is a mistake. Several legislators have introduced a bill that would require the next Delaware secretary of education to have taught a specific number of years in a classroom. The legislation would interfere with the next governor’s ability to pick his or her own cabinet members.

As such, it is a legislative overreach. The bill intrudes on the power of the executive branch.

I wonder if the News Journal would support allowing veterinarians to treat humans? Delaware Secretary of Education Murphy lacks natural leadership and relies on the Rodel / Vision education playbook stuffed in Jack Markell’s pocket with 10’s of thousands of campaign dollars. 

Cabinet positions are political positions. The governor is responsible for selecting the secretary. The governor then is responsible for the success or failure of that secretary. That is the way it should be in a cabinet system.

Well one thing for sure, that statement makes it clear. Even mainstream news organization can make an ass out of themselves like Kilroy.

Serving our children’s public education needs shouldn’t be part of a self-serving ego-stroking agenda like Jack Markell’s.    

Each governor should have a free hand to select the leaders of the executive departments. The governor is one of a handful of statewide elected officials. He or she is picked by the voters to run the executive department.

WTF don’t tell me the editorial is written by Jack Markell himself! Spock beam me up ! 

The bill is obviously aimed at Gov. Markell and his secretary of education, Mark Murphy. It is clear that several legislators and their allies in the teachers’ union and among school administrators are angry at the Markell administration’s push for standardized testing, teacher accountability and other programs related to the federal Race To The Top movement.

Yea and the fucking people aren’t part of the equation. And yep , News Journal has it correct! All is related to Race to The Top movement!  

If the Legislature is serious about fixing that problem, it should work toward clearing up the confusion. The lines of authority should be clear. The command structure should be flattened. Deviation from the organization’s goal should not be tolerated.

Hyman Rickover! Is that you?

Red Clay School Board Candidate Forum May 5 ,2015

Candidate’s Forum May 5

The Delaware PTA is sponsoring a candidate’s forum at Conrad Schools of Science on May 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Incumbent Martin Wilson Sr. is running against Alfred Lance Jr. from nominating District B.  Candidates must reside in the nominating district but run at large. The term runs to June 30, 2020.

No one filed against board member Catherine Thompson, who will serve another term also running to 2020.

The election will be held on May 12, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, including a list of polling places, visit the Department of Elections of New Castle County websitehere

The forum will include a question and answer period. Anyone with questions can contact Yvonne Johnson at yjohnson@DelawarePTA.org

May 1, 2015

Delaware PTA’s Yvonne Johnson Will Be On WDEL w/Rick Jensen Tomorrow at 2:30 AND On Delaware Way w/Larry Mendte May 9th on Me-TV

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

The Delaware PTA has been a HUGE advocate for parent opt-out in 2015.  They hosted Parent Opt-Out Town Halls in Newcastle County and Kent County.  They have gone to many meetings at Legislative Hall.  They passed a resolution supporting parent opt-out.  Now Delaware PTA’s own Yvonne Johnson is on the media circuit.

Tomorrow, May 5th, she will be on WDEL with Rick Jensen at 2:30pm.  This should be a very interesting interview based on Governor Markell’s potential veto of House Bill 50.  When I say potential, that’s if it passes the Delaware House and Senate.

Then, in a pre-recorded segment, she will appear on Larry Mendte’s Delaware Way on Me-TV on Saturday May 9th (time to be announced).  If you don’t live in Wilmington, Mendte puts all his Delaware Way videos up on Youtube a few days later.

Is Yvonne running for Governor?  Just kidding on that one.  I’m glad to…

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R.I.P! 83 get RIFF in Christina and 93 more shown the door! Prays for a yes referendum

Yep that is the word on the street! 83 getting RIFF and 93 on temp contracts shown the door.

Folks things are going to get ugly if the referendum doesn’t pass! 

Will Christina be taken over by DE DOE? God help us if that were the case!