The Secret Is Coming

We have to go back in time to get the answer, to a time when anyone in school would have long since graduated.  They are no longer affected by the actions of this one man, but their future changed because of him…

Do You Want To Know A Secret?

It is coming.  Do you want to know a secret?  Do you want to know who it is?  I’ll bet you do…  I’m going to call him the “starter”.  The one.  One man, who changed everything in education.  For now…

Secret

Did you ever figure something out that changes EVERYTHING?  Exceptional Delaware has done just that.  What is it?  You will be seeing vague hints to this today, starting with this:

The Ultimate REFUSE THE TEST DELAWARE Letter

I found this in a comment on my blog Facebook page yesterday, and after reviewing it found it be the perfect REFUSE THE TEST DELAWARE letter to give to schools on the very first day of school indicating you DO NOT WANT your child taking any high-stakes assessments, including the Smarter Balanced Assessment:

STUDENT PRIVACY PROTECTION OPT-OUT REQUEST
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that in accordance with the fundamental constitutional rights of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching and education of their children, and the relevant state and federal statutes, I hereby request my child ______________________________ be exempted and excused for the school year ___________ from the following check marked activities: Any and all standardized testing or activities required by law, under which individual student data are collected and/or shared with the federal government or other entities outside of the local school district; or are used for the purposes of school, student, or teacher accountability, including but not by way of limitation to, academic, achievement and annual tests, state-wide performance assessments and Common Core State Standards aligned assessments and pilots, computer adaptive testing and assessments designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Any and all tests, assessments, or surveys not limited solely to proficiency in core academic subjects.
Any and all tests, assessments, or surveys used to measure pupils’ values, attitudes or beliefs.
Any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning my child, myself or other members of my family related to: (1) political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; (2) mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family; (3) sex behavior or attitudes; (4) illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; (5) critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; (6) legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; (7) religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or (8) income.
The collection, tracking, housing, reporting, selling, or sharing with any party outside of the local school district, of non-educational related information on my child or my family, including, but not limited to: religion, political affiliations, biometric data, psychometric data, and medical information. Biometric data includes fingerprints, retina and iris (eye) patterns, voiceprint, DNA sequence, facial characteristics, handwriting, and any other unique physical identifying traits. Psychometric data includes, but is not limited to: personality traits, attitudes, abilities, aptitude, social and emotional development, tendencies, inclinations, interests, and motivations.
The sharing with any party outside of the local school district of my child’s directory information, including, but not limited to: name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, grade level, enrollment status, dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight, height, athletic teams, degrees, honors, awards, and most recent educational agency or institution attended.
The sharing with any party outside of the local school district of my child’s student ID number, social security number, or other unique identifying number.
Prepared By The Thomas More Law Center, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 827-2001, www.thomasmore.org Page 2 of 2
Any computer or online based educational services activities or assessments through which individual student data or metadata is stored in a manner inconsistent with industry requirements and best practices or is shared with any party outside the local school district.
Any Common Core State Standards aligned activities, surveys or assessments that concern the attitudes, beliefs, including religious or political beliefs, or value systems of individual students.
This executed form supersedes all prior Opt-Out forms.
I.D. Number ______________________ Grade _________ Date______________________________
Parent/Guardian’s Name(s) _________________________________________________________
Signature_____________________________________________________________________
Daytime/Evening Phone Number(s) _____________________________________________________
E-Mail address________________________________________________________________
Received by (name) ____________________________________________________________
Signature________________________________________ Date received________________

What’s Coming Up In Exceptional Delaware? Here’s A Clue…

Delaware Performance Appraisal System 101: Part 1 of 6

Creative Delaware

IMG_3392[1] Part One: Overview and Rationale

One task I wanted to tackle this summer was a “deep look” into the Delaware Performance Appraisal System for teachers.   A few years ago, I was put on expectations by my administration and my teaching was ripped to shreds.  I survived to tell the tale and grew wiser, less trusting, and more pissed off in the process.  I was made to feel like I was the worst teacher in the world.  No teacher, or person, should ever be made to feel like I did.  Unfortunately, teachers are made to feel “unsatisfactory” everyday.   I hope to bring to light the issues in this system for all teachers, but specifically for art, music, PE, and other teachers like me. Bring to light the issues AND how to work around them to get the best evaluation possible!

The guide is 130 pages long.  Who really has…

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