Teacher Evaluation

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Race to the Top=A Pig in a Poke

Diane Ravitch's blog

When states won millions in Race to the Top funding, they
found themselves required to spend more than they received from the
federal government. One
careful study
reported that school districts in New York
had to spend almost $11 million, in exchange for $400,000 from the
federal government.

School districts are spending billions to offer and test the Common Core standards, which have until recently been untested. Now that they were tested in Kentucky and New York, we know that the Common Core tests cause a dramatic score decline.

This, Race to the Top offered $4.35 billion to 11 states and DC but will cost the nation tens of billions that might have been spent to build health clinics or support pre-K or the arts.

As it happens, few of RTTT’s costly mandates
have any evidence to support them. So districts are forced to spend
more at the same time…

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Breaking: E-mail from and Indian River PLC!

35 minutes spent watching the facilitators organize and distribute hand outs relating to STEM. Teachers are boiling.

Why can’t we do things well?

Thank you Governor Markell.


I’m pretty sure that’s /sarcasm there in that thank you.

Delaware Teacher of the Year, Lea Wainwright reveals the roots of her success.


I read it twice, must be a misprint, I could not find the relentless STEM focus, Common Core “State” Standards, or growth of children on standardized tests as her muses.

I did notice that Ms. Wainwright credits experience (tenure) and a drive to evolve while keeping children a central focus.

Lastly, she somehow is teacher of the year while teaching in a Non-High needs school and is therefore ineligible for the Delaware Talent Cooperative or its mortgage assistance. 

Our state policies are working!

#optout in Wisconsin

Delaware Enseignant de l’année enseigne le français!

Incroyable. Incroyable! Impressionnant. Je suis ravi que le Delaware a reconnu un professeur de langue étrangère!


Façon de montrer les amateurs S.T.E.M. comment c’est fait.

The Recovery School District (RSD) Optical Illusion