The Delaware Department of Education wants to hear from the public on new accountability standards in Delaware’s public schools. In a press release announced today, the DOE’s public information officer Alison May states the following:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Alison May (302) 735-4000
STATE SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
The Delaware Department of Education is seeking public input on a new accountability system.
A survey, available here, seeks feedback on what the public would like measured and reported on the state’s public school accountability report card. And the department will host three town halls in November to gather public feedback on the state’s new approach to reporting school performance and its submission of a waiver for renewed flexibility from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The new accountability system will have two parts. Part A includes metrics that we know to be critical to measure for public schools, and that align with federal accountability. This includes student proficiency and growth on state tests, college and career readiness benchmarks, chronic absenteeism rates, and on-track to graduate measures.
The state recognizes there are additional measures that are critical to Delaware residents. Part B will include those measures, as informed by the survey results.
“We need to hear from parents and community members about what information is important to them,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “This is about providing relevant and transparent information so our families can make the school decisions best for their children.
The survey will be open through December 31, 2014.
The Town Halls are scheduled for:
- 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 5 at the Carvel State Office Building at 9th and French streets, Wilmington
- 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 12 at the John Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Dover
- 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19 at the Sussex County Council Chamber, 2 The Circle, Georgetown
Staff from the department will present the state’s proposed new accountability system and outline the process for renewal of the ESEA flexibility waiver. Time will be devoted to answering questions and seeking public comment on both topics.
I took the survey and found it to be ludicrous. They are asking the same questions, and not one damn thing on special education. It’s all about making the DOE look good and the public schools bad. What was with that moronic picture chart with the letter grades, a stop sign, the charter school performance framework statements and symbols (check mark, an “x” and a star)? I can see it already, “What grade did you get in science Johnny?” “I got a check mark Mom!” “Great job Johnny, let’s go to Friendly’s and celebrate!”
The way I see it, this is an attempt to reach out to the public to get their input on things that are already in place. People will think they are trying to work with parents, but the reality on the ground is all of this has been decided on already. They just want to wrap the package and put a shiny bow on it.
I think any parent against Common Core, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, other Standardized Testing such as countless SRI and SMI tests, Standards Based IEPs, Teach For America, Priority Schools, Large Classrooms, or Teacher Accountability based on Standardized Testing should go to these town hall meetings and publicly state they are against the way the Federal and State government have invasively intruded on the fundamental rights of local educational agencies. This is parents’ opportunity to steal the conversation from the DOE and let them know the change parents want, not what the DOE wants.
I already see a scheduling conflict. The IEP Task Force is scheduled to meet on November 12th from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the conference room at the John Collette Education Resource Center. The Town Hall is scheduled from 6 to 7:30pm. I would think Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn scheduled his meeting first, so he would get preference!