Must read editorial (not by Ed. Board) in News Journal today on SB51 issues. #netDE #eduDE #ayeartoolate

Full editorial here (excerpt below): http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/2014/04/26/raise-bar-carefully-teacher-education/8209821/

 

Mr Murray does an OUTSTANDING job here.

 

In teacher education, there is a perfectly reasonable presumption that academic achievement, represented by high grades in subject matter, license and admission test scores should be associated with teaching skill. The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has found throughout the history of its accrediting over 200 programs nationally since 1997 that ratings of teacher candidates’ performances in the classroom tends to have a zero or even a slightly negative correlation with several common academic measures – college grades, scores on state licensure tests, and scores on college admission tests.

The consequences of raising the GPA standard when the relationship between grades and teaching performance is curvilinear is that there are also increases in the percentages of admitted candidates who turn out to be weaker in their teaching performance than had the program not raised its GPA bar past the point of curvature. While raising the bar inevitably gives the program fewer candidates, it also gives it proportionately more candidates who prove to be weaker teachers and the program loses proportionately more who would have been as good as those who graduate. Thus, the popular call to raise the bar for the standards for those entitled to enter teacher education programs must be considered carefully and only after a systematic investigation into the precise relationship between the standard and the quality it is thought to represent.

Typically one finds that none of the grades or standardized admission test measures has a meaningful or significant relationship with the clinical assessments of actual teaching. While grades and standardized test scores are positively and significantly related to each other, they often are not related to the assessment of the candidate’s teaching performance.

Why do so many legislators wallow in ignorance…here’s  the list of lemmings and their yes votes:

House, only Potter and Kowalko  got it right, the rest just gave up any semblance of intellectual curiosity.

SB 51 w/SA 1 Sokola Passed
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATOR LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, AND PREPARATION PROGRAMS.

Date:05/16/2013 06:07 PMPassed

Vote Type:SM

Yes:37
No:2
Not Voting: 1
Absent:1
Atkins
Y
J. Johnson
Y
Ramone
Y
Barbieri
Y
Q. Johnson
Y
Scott
Y
Baumbach
X
Keeley
Y
B. Short
Y
Bennett
Y
Kenton
Y
D. Short
Y
Blakey
Y
Kowalko
N
M. Smith
Y
Bolden
Y
Longhurst
Y
Smyk
Y
Brady
Y
Miro
Y
Spiegelman
Y
Briggs King
Y
Mitchell
Y
Viola
Y
Carson
Y
Mulrooney
Y
Walker
Y
Dukes
Y
Osienski
A
D.E. Williams
Y
Gray
Y
Outten
Y
K. Williams
Y
Heffernan
Y
Paradee
Y
Wilson
Y
Hudson
Y
Peterman
Y
Schwartzkopf
Y
Jaques
Y
Potter
N

Senators, all of them. What a shameful lack of intellectual curiosity, and there are some surprises in there.

 

 


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Delaware State Senate
147thGeneral Assembly
Session 1 Day 27

SB 51 w/SA 1 Sokola Passed
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATOR LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, AND PREPARATION PROGRAMS.

Date:05/02/2013 03:01 PMPassed

Vote Type:SM

Yes:21
No:0
Not Voting:0
Absent:0
Blevins
Y
Hocker
Y
Peterson
Y
Bonini
Y
Lavelle
Y
Pettyjohn
Y
Bushweller
Y
Lawson
Y
Poore
Y
Cloutier
Y
Lopez
Y
Simpson
Y
Ennis
Y
Marshall
Y
Sokola
Y
Hall-Long
Y
McBride
Y
Townsend
Y
Henry
Y
McDowell
Y
Venables
Y
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