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    Filed at 12:11 pm under by dcobranchi

    Delaware released it’s NCLB-mandated school evaluations yesterday. The results aren’t pretty: the majority of schools in the state, including 25 of the 28 high schools, fell into the “failing” category (currently called “Academic Review”). I have no idea if the ratings are meaningful or not. Educrats, though, feel put upon. They want the state to lower the standards so they don’t look bad.

    The superintendents have taken issue with the calculations the state uses to come up with the federally prescribed ratings. Several states which, like Delaware, have been testing for years and have especially high academic standards, such as those here, adjusted the variables fed into the rating system so that their schools would not look worse when compared with schools in states where standards are low. Delaware state education officials have refused to do that.

    I doubt that too many Delawareans are comparing our schools with Pennsylvania’s. Wait! Let me re-phrase that. I don’t think the NCLB scores will reflect badly on our g-schools compared to Pennsylvania’s; we’ve always known theirs were better. The educrats especially don’t like the state math tests.

    “The chief school officers have been discussing the math test for the last two years,” said Deborah Wicks, Smyrna superintendent and head of the group this year. She said she believes the test is too difficult.

    Every year since the state math tests began five years ago, fewer than 50 percent of the test-takers at the eighth- and 10th-grade levels have met the state standard.

    Of course, it must be that the test is too hard. Otherwise, they might be faced with the fact that they do a lousy job teaching math. Nahhh! Couldn’t be that.

    3 Responses to “IT’S NOT OUR FAULT”

    Comment by
    August 12th, 2003
    at 10:46 pm

    Or perhaps the kids don’t want to waste time in the school, so they fill in a bunch of bubbles and sleep/write/read/something productive.

    Comment by
    August 13th, 2003
    at 4:59 pm

    If that’s the case, I hope they get it out of their system while they’re young. I can’t imagine a boss being charmed by employees who eschew doing what they’re supposed to do in favor of things that are more fun, interesting, or productive from their limited point of view.

    I suspect this is actually a case of poor goal-setting. If the teaching really is horrible, and has been for some time, you can’t magically fix that overnight by setting high standards.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 13th, 2003
    at 5:30 pm

    Well, I don’t know about the lower grades but I’m sure 10th-graders took it seriously. Delaware has a crazy high stakes system where there are three different types of diplomas awarded (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly). The type of diploma one earns is determined entirely by the score earned on the 10th-grade test.