Wait Until You See What the Department of Education Is Going to Do to Us

Independent Sentinel – by S. Nobel

The way elites in power do business now is to bully, threaten and coerce. That new approach can be seen so well in the handling of Common Core. New York is currently undergoing massive changes as a direct result of Common Core and you need to know what they are because it’s coming to a state near you.

New York is using the Core to force testing and evaluation criteria on districts and districts are losing all local control. The State Education Department is developing their plan to coerce the public to go along with the U.S. Department of Education.  

The federal government insisted that tests be tied to teacher evaluations to get the Race to the Top money. They claim they can account for poverty, deprivation and all the other subjective factors that go into a student’s performance. They are trying to make the art of teaching into a science in the most illogical ways. Parents are very aware of what is going on and there is a grassroots movement against Common Core and the testing tied to it.

The elite like to say that the opponents are ill-informed and just don’t understand how valuable their system is. When you are of the elite, you are also arrogant and disdainful of those with whom you disagree.

New York is the best example of how Common Core will work throughout the nation if it isn’t stopped.

Despite intense pushback by both liberals and conservatives, the New York Education Department has moved forward, not only with the Common Core standards, but with the testing which will in essence nationalize education once they become standard throughout the country. Conservatives are also concerned about the decidedly leftist bent of some Core-aligned texts.

When the public rose up by opting their children out of the meaningless testing, the Department of Education threatened to punish the school districts and even take them over. Now they are actually going to proceed with their threats.

First thing New York’s Department of Education is going to do this year is to take over 144 schools, five on Long Island, because they are underperforming. The five they are taking over are in poor minority districts. It’s the same teachers in all these districts. The differences are problems of poverty, drugs, gangs, and broken homes.

State Ed did this before and failed miserably, most notably in Roosevelt schools in Nassau County which has a high minority population and serious drug and gang problems. After failing, the State turned it back over to the community.

Elia has made it clear that she is going after the parents who opted their children out of the oppressive tests, one of the few tools parents have to fight with.

Long Island had the highest concentration of opt-outs or 44% of the eligible students. Elia’s answer to the parents’ concerns is to assert her newly-assumed power over local schools. She is threatening the public. “It’s not going to happen this year – I can tell you that,” Elia told Newsday.

These people work for the taxpayers but have no fear or regard for them.

Federal law allows withholding of financial aid from districts when student test participation falls below 95%. This financial aid is mostly local school district money and, before we had a Department of Education, it didn’t pass through their hands, which creates ever more waste and inefficiency.

The opponents to these tests are middle class mothers, educators, unions, administrators and other members of the academic community. There are too many tests, children who shouldn’t be tested are tested, and they are often not age-appropriate and in the end, no one is allowed to know what the scores actually mean.

The entire teacher evaluation process is a joke and, in New York, it’s especially bad thanks to Governor Cuomo who’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

The devil is in the details.

Teacher evaluations aren’t of any value to teachers because they only get a score. The formula is a secret. It’s a gotcha system, not a system to help teachers improve.

The State is obviously not looking to see teachers improve because no one, not even administrators, has a clue as to how they arrived at the score.

No teacher can possibly get 100, no matter how good they are because part of their score is based on the entire school’s performance.

Many are trying to stop the extent to which teacher evaluations are tied to the tests because of how the Big Government is using them to literally abuse people. For example, there aren’t any tests for gym teachers, art and music teachers, among others, so districts have to use language arts or math test results to evaluate them.

This isn’t just the problem in New York. It’s the problem with Big Government taking over education. In Florida, teachers were receiving scores based on students they had never seen.

Higher scores hurt the teacher evaluations. If a school has high-achieving students who always score in the top one percentile, there is nowhere for them to go so teachers are penalized even though they are continuing their success. High achieving students are so high achieving, they can’t show progress as defined by the Big Government.

In schools with poor achievers, the students can go from low failing to high failing and the teachers will still be highly rated. Urban schools with the poorer performing students end up being rated higher than outstanding schools in suburbs like Scarsdale because of the unfair grading system.

Teachers are going from the low end of effective to the high end of effective based on the class they are given and it has nothing to do with their performance.

Cuomo’s cronies in the Education Department are pretending the test scores don’t reflect 50% of the teachers’ evaluations but they are twisting the truth. There is a good article at The Washington Post that explains the white lie our government likes to tell.

There is a lawsuit challenging this insanity in New York.

Shari Lederman was always regarded as an accomplished teacher in Great Neck Schools, a district of very high-achieving students. Her students were always successful and she was always evaluated as a good teacher but once the Common Core tied tests came in, she suddenly had a score of 1 out of 20.

Her reaction went from stunned to anger. There was no way to find out why she was a 1. Fortunately, her husband is a lawyer and she sued.

The case was heard in August and there should be a decision in October. The judge grilled the State Education Department lawyers and couldn’t find out how the scores are derived, however, the State did finally have to admit that the teachers’ so-called growth score is based on a Bell Curve. As a result, even if all kid’s show growth, some teachers have to fail.

School districts in New York are losing control of grading teachers locally and the State is taking over in a destructive manner. Local schools are losing control over curriculum and testing as well. Read this and weep all of you in other states – you’re next.

Elia is looking to first call superintendents and ask them what they will do differently next time should parents opt-out – superintendents are not allowed to exercise their good educational judgement – and if she doesn’t like that answer, she will cut federal Title I funds.

The first threat is to cut funding but the state dictators have made it clear the next step is to take over the schools. They want all control anyway. Common Core is not about local control, it’s about Big Government control over education and in New York, we are starting to see what that means.

http://www.independentsentinel.com/wait-until-you-see-what-the-department-of-education-is-going-to-do-to-us/

6 thoughts on “Wait Until You See What the Department of Education Is Going to Do to Us

  1. I was thinking that this is a perfect example of where incompetent people are being given very important jobs by people in power. Someone gets elected to office and the first thing he/she does is give high paying jobs to all their friends. Reading the last paragraph however, maybe it is about proving the states can’t do it right so the feds can justify grabbing more control. If my first hunch was correct though, I would wonder what can be done to stop the hiring of these incompetents?

    1. They are “incompetent” for a reason! The “reason” is to destroy good education in the US, and good education means critical thinking, seeking the truth, and seeking truthful knowledge. Proof that the “incompetent” are destroying education for a reason: you may remember the math meme of the novel “1984,” where the Party said that 2+2=5 (despite the fact that no construction, no warfare, no financial action, nothing, could operate under that “fact”, and the Party only claimed that to brainwash/bully citizens of Oceania). Under Common Core, it can be “proven” using Common Core Math that 2+2=5! Or if you remember the Abbot and Costello skit where Costello “proved” that 7 times 13 was 28!

  2. My mother lost her job teaching last year along with 90% of the teachers in the school, of course the commie yellow monkey from China and the alahlala from Egypt (they do not even try to be Americans, admit to being here for the money and spit on Americans every chance they get) not to mention the die-hard government yuppie kept their jobs, oh and all the administrators kept their jobs. Those three also never taught, they just brag about China and communism or Egypt and flunk all the kids who try and pass the morons who do not.

    This grading system is what they used here (NM) and are doing it statewide now and are using it to BAN teachers from ever teaching again in the state. This means they can only hire foreigners or yuppies who come and go the result is whatever LITTLE education they were getting is now GONE.

    Homeschooling is all that is left.

  3. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF THE STENCH FILLED COMMUNAL/MARXIST CESSPOOLS LAUGHINGLY CALLED “PUBLIC SCHOOLS”?
    JUST LIKE HEALTH, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR KIDS EDUCATION YOURSELF, INSTEAD OF USING THESE PROPAGANDA TRAINING HOLES TO BABYSIT YOUR OWN FLESH.

  4. “Conservatives are also concerned about the decidedly leftist bent of some Core-aligned texts.”

    Leftist? You’re being far too kind. How about calling a spade a spade.

    COMMUNIST.

  5. “Higher scores hurt the teacher evaluations. If a school has high-achieving students who always score in the top one percentile, there is nowhere for them to go so teachers are penalized even though they are continuing their success. High achieving students are so high achieving, they can’t show progress as defined by the Big Government.

    In schools with poor achievers, the students can go from low failing to high failing and the teachers will still be highly rated. Urban schools with the poorer performing students end up being rated higher than outstanding schools in suburbs like Scarsdale because of the unfair grading system.”

    WOW! Talk about living in an upside down world. Up is down and down is up. Good is bad and bad is good. Moral is immoral and immoral is moral.

    Once again I ask myself these two questions,

    “How does one live sanely in an insane world?”

    AND

    “How does one live morally in an immoral world?”

    I’m totally going cross-eyed here.

    Once again, this is why I don’t teach in America. PERIOD!

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