So I’m checking out the Rodel blog and run across this gem from Dr. Paul Herdman:
As Board Chair of the Vision Network of Delaware, I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Dana Diesel Wallace as its new Executive Director. The Vision Network is a coalition of school districts and charter schools that are focusing their efforts on three specific areas proven to be critical to student performance: building leadership capacity, strengthening instructional focus, and developing a culture that supports student success. The Network is comprised of 28 schools across eight districts and three charter schools, impacting 23,000 students in all three counties.
After a national search that included more than a 100 applicants, the Vision Network board has selected Dr. Wallace, and we believe she will be a great fit. Dana began her new role Monday, filling the post vacated by Mark Murphy when he was appointed Delaware Secretary of Education. She most recently served as the Vice President of School Development for North Carolina New Schools, a public-private catalyst for education innovation. Much like the Vision Network of Delaware, only larger, North Carolina New Schools has joined with partners in business, education, and government to develop and support about a hundred secondary public schools across the state.
During her more than 20-year education career, Dana has been a teacher, principal, administrator, and superintendent. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Old Dominion University, a master’s in educational leadership from Harvard University, and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Dana worked for Wake County Public Schools as the senior director for middle school education, and then served as the superintendent of West Fargo Public Schools in North Dakota. As Superintendent, she and her team fundamentally redesigned their curriculum and established a dual enrollment program. In her time there, she moved her district from the 50th percentile in AYP across all grades to approximately the 90th.
Here are the reports from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (beginning with the year BEFORE her superintendency and ending with her final year):
I just don’t see the 50th to the 90th claim at all. Just look at the composite scores. Take note at the bottom of EACH PAGE :AYP not met, each and every year.
Is this the excellence VISION 2015 was seeking from 100 applicants? Really?
Here’s the source link from North Dakota: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/reports/Profile/index.shtm
Lastly, why is it always the bloggers who find this crap out first? Purely rhetorical, but my guess is you have to be interested in the answer is a good place to start. To Rodel I must offer, it appears to be exactly the fit you wanted in keeping with your terrible track record of missing targets thus far firmly established by VIsion 2015!