Delaware’s Chief for Change balks at DSEA suggestion that DPAS-IIR is an invalid evaluation tool.

Check out his quote in the paper. Read it 2-3 times. Then ask yourself: “Does he have any proof?”

Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said in a statement it would be unwise to halt the evaluations.

“While we are seeing positive results in the classroom and teachers are receiving more feedback, we are committed to continuing to work with our educators to improve,” Murphy said. “However, placing a hold on the use of student growth would move us backward and would deny everyone in our system the feedback that will help them ensure our students graduate ready to succeed in college or career.”

Just the same old college and career talking points and an unsubstantiated claim of “moving backward” which is a rhetorical mechanism to suggest the evaluations are what has been moving us “forward” which apparently he believes – flat DCAS and flat NAEP last year?  I sure hope our electeds see this BS and call it what it is.

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3 thoughts on “Delaware’s Chief for Change balks at DSEA suggestion that DPAS-IIR is an invalid evaluation tool.

  1. Steven Fackenthall

    I wonder how Murphy was evaluated when he was a GYM TEACHER; President’s Challenge, Fitness Gram? As a music teacher, I take pride in what I do and think it’s very important for the teaching of the whole child. On the other hand, I don’t dare to think that my “Component V” is nearly as crucial as those of Reading and Math. It’s easy for him (and anyone who has never taught, which for all intents and purposes, let’s throw Murphy into the bag) to say that when he his results weren’t as important as those of DCAS.

  2. 4equity2

    I would like to review the actual research on which the DCAS targets are based. I want to know how and where they were normed?
    We are not measuring growth here, because in this system, either you make it or your don’t. when a student is one point short of his target, it is I who have failed. “Target not met”.
    This is no different than saying nothing short of 100% will do.
    It will allow our leaders to say I have failed, my school has failed, the public system has failed, and open more doors to takeovers, charters, and vouchers. Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and the Waltons, et al are extremely pleased.

  3. MHS

    I’m not trying to be funny but you asked to know “where they were normed” above. Did you really just ask where the data was analyzed and growth targets created or did you mean something else entirely?
    It is my understanding that growth targets for these measures are based upon three years of Delaware student data and an analysis of fall to spring growth at each scale score level.

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