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Fagan saying that the Common Core Standards "aren't high enough" for DCSD? That's hilarious - especially since the Common Core Standards are more rigorous and an improvement over the current Colorado Academic Standards that are on TCAP.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute provides independent research in education. View their review of state standards and the Common Core ... Common Core Math earned an "A -" while Common Core Language Arts earned a "B+" ... which are both improvements over the Colorado Standards that DCSD hasn't had objected to all these years.
The arrogance coming out of DCSD stinks - and it's even worse considering how ill-informed their leadership is. They do not do their due diligence and speak before they research, all while expecting everyone to buy what they're selling. I'm sorry, but I do research for a living. DCSD leadership should be ashamed of how they deceive their stakeholders.
2 weeks ago
I don't think that anyone in any profession would appreciate it if their pay was determined by an evaluation system that was proven to be invalid before it was implemented as evidenced by the awful inter-relater reliability results as shared by Mr. Kjeseth.
Having a background in statistics, I can assure you that private industry would not forget ahead with such a flawed system unless it had no regard for its employees. Perhaps that's the objective of the DCSD BOE.
Since when is it ever acceptable to hold people (educators in this instance) accountable to a standard that has been determined to be invalid? No one would ever find that acceptable. It is downright egregious to tell an employee that their salary, evaluation, and career is at stake under a system that is unproven. It's not good enough either to say "we'll figure it out along the way." That is a completely subjective approach anyway, which is part of the problem facing education right now - we're attempting to make a subjective issue a completely objective one. It's inevitable that it will fail, despite everyone's best intentions and efforts.
Furthermore, there is a large disconnect in the general public between its overall views of education and the views the public has of its local schools. An estimate 65% of the public says that education is failing yet 80% of the public gives their local schools ratings of "A" or "B". That's not even logical.
While you may be right in that DCSD will find teachers who want to come here, I can assure you that the turnover will be high compared to past years, teachers will be hired with fewer years of experience (which conservatives actually want because it saves the district money on salaries), and test scores will remain stagnant or decline (which is what has happened since 2009 when the "reform" movement began taking shape).
Good leadership is collaborative, empowers, and focuses on collegiality instead of micromanaging, demonizing, and chastising ... smart people know what kind of "leadership" exists in DCSD right now. 2 weeks ago
I support Operation Christmas Child, but the Skyview leadership should have known better.
Students may participate in a community service project like this as long as it is student-led and not promoted in any way by the school. That's School Law 101. Both sides handled the situation poorly.
The Humanist Association should be ashamed for going out of its way to force Skyview to "cease and desist" but not being a partner in arriving at a solution. They should have offered to make up for the losses to those who would have otherwise benefited from the Christmas Child boxes.2 weeks ago
What a hypocrite ... "unity"? Really? Coming from a BOE president who presided over one of the most contentious periods in district leadership in the district's history.2 weeks ago
When a group of radicals rises to power, it's hard to stop the bloodshed. Improvement requires change, but it does not necessitate dismantling a once proud district to conduct radical initiatives, some of which are NOT research-based and are causing a deterioration in the quality of instruction, learning, and a severe decline in morale among staff.
Avoid teaching in DCSD at ALL costs - they are experimenting rather than taking calculated risks based on INFORMED decisions. The "leadership" in the district bullies everyone into submission and then twists the truth to serve their own political agendas.
I am looking forward to voting in November ... until the makeup of the BOE changes and the superintendent is gone, EVERY SINGLE bond issue will CONTINUE to be voted down. Just plan on it. The plethora of failed bond issues in recent years speaks VOLUMES about vote sentiment.4 months ago