Wow, was I surprised! The BOE members were asking and not asking questions of DOE staffers based on presentations that they had to repeatedly criticize as not meeting their expectations. It was AMAZING theater. I watched the turnaround chief tell more than one untruth right to the BOE members’ faces, especially around partnership, leadership oversight and frequency of visitation to districts. He claimed supports NEVER offered. The SBE needs to ask districts to come and testify, not the DOE.
I watched the BOE lap up a stunningly obtuse and emotional pitch for TFAs superiority in secondary mathematics based on one study, watched a Board member CORRECTLY ask when then are most TFA members in elementary schools. Then I got to listen to TFA pitch how they use a proprietary evaluation for their corps members and all but said it was a better tool that DPAS II (not hard by the way). Lastly, they honestly told the state BOE that “grit” and “perseverance” were the most significant differentiators of their corps in a stunning rebuke of career educators and one BOE member, Whittaker, confirmed his agreement by saying there was research while offering none. It was shocking: they actually cop to measuring “working relentlessly”, Heffernan jokes that will be “Component 6”
Unsurprisingly, TFA Delaware is being led by ex-Rodel employee. Here’s the presentation they offered:
The AYP discussion was a train wreck, with the DOE staffer getting pummeled by the BOE repeatedly. Most concerning though, was the COMPLETE and UTTER lack of understanding about how cell size change from n=40 to n=30 was in play for the Spring 2013 results but that the actual REAL difference what that Spring 2012 data were compiled against a proficiency model PRE-ESEA Flexibility waiver and the 2013 Spring data were compiled against an achievement gap closure model that was enacted when we got our Flexibility waiver “approved” (as if was ever not going to be approved). Mr. Murphy actually sensed the discordant conversation’s essence but was stunningly ineffective at correcting the misunderstanding to any reasonable person’s sense of comfort level that the appointed officials of our Governor have a clue how to analyze the policies they have placed all of us poor school boards under. You may think me prone to hyperbole, but trust me, LISTEN TO THE RECORDING.
Here’s that presentation: