I just wrote about how the Christina School District is not backing up their promise to restore librarians cut last year. But the district seems to have $200,000 to spare for a new assessment suite. Last night, the Christina Board of Education approved a contract with Curriculum Associates for new district assessments to replace two other district assessments. The contract would give the vendor $200,000, of which $181,200 would come out of local funds. Local funds are what the district gets from the taxpayers. Call me crazy, but I don’t remember seeing a new assessment package as part of the referendum promises. In fact, the state has been actively pursuing an agenda where districts have less assessments (although the one assessment that needs to go, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, wasn’t even considered by the Delaware assessment inventory committee). My question would be how valid are these new assessments compared to the two ones they are replacing, DIBELS and Amplify. While I am certainly not a fan of either DIBELS or Amplify, I don’t see too many other districts using this I-Ready made by Curriculum Associates, designed to make kids better at Common Core.
I have to say shame on you Robert Andrzejewski twice in one day. What is this guy thinking? He needs to go! Paving the Way to a New Christina? Hardly. Paving the Way to a revolt by taxpayers is more like it. So let me get this straight. They lie about rehiring librarians but they bring in new, untried testing? And the board approved this crap?
See the board action item in all its glory: