Rus: Lake Forest School District believes DPAS-II is more equitable. Districts not using the new evaluation methods are not successful. Some districts get “caught up in the structure” and “the rules”.  He said principals want more high-quality data, and they are having better conversations about Measure B in the DPAS-II system.

Dr. Shana Ricketts: “Our state trained 125 principals over the summer, and there will be training sessions over the next two weeks, …. DSEA will be holding workshops over the changes in the DPAS-II. ”

Rus: Delaware has the “most decentralized system in the country for teacher evaluations and goals are different across the board.”

Rus: “If we standardize chemistry exams why have teacher ones as well,”  Some are teacher-created, which is good cause it shows growth.”

Dr. Gray:  “Gotta grow them!”

Rus:  “Teachers need to be empowered”

Rus: “Our obligation to be world-class is students have to be proficient when they graduate”, “We are trying to ask the right questions.”  “There is not enough rigor.”

Rus:  “Commitment to proficiency…mindblocks….set the target; work my way back” ;“culture of the building”.

Pat Heffernan: “We can’t put blinders on and have no idea.”

Dr. Gray: “We want growth AND proficiency!”  “We don’t set the goal based on average, we set it on growth!”

Rus: “We are to be compared to everyone.  Not Delaware, not other states, but everyone in the world.””our principals are aware of this”

Rus: ““same way we’ve done for 100 years, mastery of standards to grade book…””

Dr.  Gray:  “It should be proficiency based!”

Nina Bunting:  ““It was very informative.”

Pat Heffernan:  “we need to encourage principals to encourage good data entry.”

Donna Johnson: “This is a public meeting. Most of the information was already on the state DOE website.”.

Dr. Carolyn Lazar: “21 states took the field test, and 17 Delaware districts participated.  All told, 4 million students took the field test in the USA.”

Penny Schwinn:  “Elementary schools outperformed middle schools and high schools in both math and ELA”

Pat Heffernan:  “Does this included charters on the data they were seeing”

Penny Schwinn:  “Charters are on a separate slide”.

Dr. Carolyn Lazar:  “there was a 15 point gap between Math and ELA, but the “claim area” was only 10 points.”

Dr. Gray:  What is the “proficiency level”?

Dr. Carolyn Lazar:  “it is the students who score proficient or above. ”

Donna Johnson:   Capital School District’s proficiency lines attached, is very unique.”

Penny Schwinn:  “this speaks to the rigor of assessment.”” 7,000 students self-selected to perform the survey at the end of the test”

Dr. Gray: “That isn’t statistically normed”

Penny Schwinn:  ” it is not, but the survey will become automatic next year, like how it was on DCAS.”

Dr. Michael Watson:   “We need international assessments so we can compare against India and China.””Delaware had “strong positive indicators with National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) trends.””Delaware came ahead for literacy in third to fifth grade, but much lower in ELA for 8th grade.”

Dr. Michael Watson:  “Delaware trailed behind Connecticut in NAEP, but we were closer to their scores with Smarter Balanced. ”

Ghost In The Machine:  ““That’s cause SBAC sucks so I would expect most states to suck equally on it”

Dr. Michael Watson:  “Either Connecticut and Vermont didn’t take SBAC seriously or we are working harder.”

Nina Bunting. “In Indian River District, when our state says jump, we say how high!!!! ”

Dr. Michael Watson:  “in Delaware, 88% of Superintendents feel we have implemented Common Core, followed by 87% of principals and 67% of teachers.”

Dr. Gray:  Parents need to understand!!!!”

Donna Johnson:  “Many districts are excited to get the information to parents, and are aligning curriculum and professional development in an effort to gain more awareness.”

Donna Johnson:  “The DOE is working with superintendents, principals, social media, and Rodel.  The test results won’t be mailed out from the DOE until Friday, September 18th and Monday, September 21st.”

Penny Schwinn:  “The results will come out earlier in future years, but this is a transition year.”

Donna Johnson:  “Some districts are excited to dig in”

Dr. Carolyn Lazar:  “teachers are getting “claim spreads” which are tied to “anchor data””

Ghost In The Machine:  Όταν το DOE αρχίζει να φλυαρεί για αλφάβητο σούπα, αν και ακούγεται σαν αγγλική, αυτό σημαίνει ελληνικά για μένα …..

Dr. Carolyn Lazar:  ” DOE is working with journalists to write articles on how to educate parents on “how to read reports and grade spreads”.””Parents don’t know how to do that”

Ghost in The Machine:  Ναι. Οι γονείς είναι χαζός γαμάει

Donna Johnson:   “It’s YouTube Time!”

Video Projector:  (play this)

Disembodied Voice:  “How many hits have you had on this video? ”

Donna Johnson:  “I am unable to answer”

Penny Schwinn:   “pssssswhysssssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Shana Young: “pssssswhysssssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Donna Johnson:  “pssssswhysssssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Penny Schwinn:   “pssssswhysskevinsssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Shana Young: “pssssswhyyesssssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Donna Johnson:  “pssssswhysssssshittsssssssss” (whispering)

Penny Schwinn:  “The state’s new accountability system is called the Delaware School Success Framework (DSSF).”

Penny Schwinn:  “The DSSF will go live next month with what they are calling the “paper framework” until the full online system launches by June 2nd (a must date)”  “The reason they are including 4, 5, and 6 year graduation rates is because special education students may not graduate in four years.” (the corporate plan of guaranteed income:  perpetual schooling as is done in perpetual incarceration)

Penny Schwinn:  “Delaware is the first state to have college and career preparation” as part of the state report card”.

Penny Schwinn:  “Ryan Reyna is leading the Accountability Framework Working Group (AFWG)””There is a lot of opinion in this group, and  everyone is not going to agree which makes it a good group.  She said no accountability system is going to have 100% agreement; it took some compromising.” ““Delaware has the most aggressive rate in the country for growth,”

Penny Schwinn:  “it feels more appropriate with Smarter Balanced to set the bar high.” “they are “pushing it with US DOE” but feels they will be approved.”

Penny Schwinn:  “Part A, which counts toward a school’s accountability rating, and Part B which will show on the DOE website and is informative in nature but has no weight on a school’s grade.  Part A includes proficiency (multiplied by the school’s participation rate on SBAC), growth to proficiency, college and career prep (for high schools), average daily attendance, and so forth. ”

Penny Schwinn:  ” For elementary and middle schools, 30% of the weight will be proficiency, and high schools will be 25%.  For growth, in elementary and middle schools this will be 45%, and high schools 40%.  So in essence, 75% of a school’s accountability rating will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in elementary and middle schools, and 65% for high schools. ”

Penny Schwinn:  “The bulk of the rating system that will determine reward, recognition, action, focus, focus plus and priority status will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Schwinn said this is very aggressive and I am not comfortable backing down on it.”

Ryan Reyna:  “We’re really valuing schools that are showing growth with students”

Penny Schwinn:  “We are going with the “5 Essentials Survey” for the non-accountability rated Part B.””The DOE is creating a survey working group which will start next month and will include the “usual stakeholders”.”They sent emails to all the superintendents to participate, just like they did with the AFWG.  The state is holding itself accountable as well”

Penny Schwinn:  “On the survey last fall, parents liked the idea of letter grades on the school report and teachers hated it.  So they won’t have that on the report. There won’t be ROCKET SHIPS, TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR TROPHIES on the Delaware School Success Report sent to parents.”

Pat Heffernan:  “It could have been worse, it could have been rocket ships.”

Penny Schwinn:  “Parents will be able to map and graph data.”

Dr. Gray:  “if a parent is looking for a school that has choir, they will be able to find that.”

Penny Schwinn:   “I agree to that.” “Accountability is intended to be a judgment on a school.”

Penny Schwinn::  “We want to make sure parents see other data as well.  WE WILL TRACK THE INFORMATION PARENTS SEARCH FOR ON SCHOOLS to see if they can let schools or districts know about needs in their area.”

Penny Schwinn::   “I need to feed my family. Goodbye”

Ryan Reyna:  We are resetting assessment targets for the state and each subgroup which must be done by 1/31/16.  The overall state proficiency for SBAC was a little over 51% and for the overall subgroups, it was 38.8% for SBAC.

Ryan Reyna::  “Delaware gets to pick their choice of how to hold the state accountable.  With a six year plan, the state must close the proficiency gap between the overall sub-groups (including low-income, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and minorities) by 50% in six years.  This is what Delaware DOE wants.  Other choices are all schools be 100% proficient by 2019-2020, or…any other method proposed that is educationally sound and results in ambitious but achievable Annual Measurable Objectives for all schools and subgroups.”

Pat Heffernan:  “I am not a fan of the DOE’s preference:  because of its impact on schools with lots of students who have disabilities; they won’t reach this goal either.”

Ryan Reyna:  “ALL students will be included in this state accountability rating.  The infamous “n” number won’t apply (when students are below 15 at a school in a sub-group, currently they are NOT counted towards the individual school’s accountability) on this state system since ALL students that are in a sub-group will be included in the state’s rating….  Students will not be double-counted.  So for example, an African-American student with disabilities will only count towards one of those sub-groups.

Ryan Reyna:  *The DOE must increase the 38.8% for the sub-groups to 45% in six years to meet the state rating with the US DOE….

And with that, the meeting ended and everyone raced out for they all had a bad case of munchies and it was the Grand Prix of Monaco to be first in line at the Taco Bell drive-thru at ………………….