And they'll live with those ratings for two years.
Chico and Bport...LOL
Is that good or bad? According to most media outlets, the way the testing is done, the kids are not learning anything in school except how to take this particular test. No educating is involved. I feel for the next few generations if this school control thing is not worked out. Let the locals decide what needs to be taught to their kids. Allow schools to compete with each other and the finished product (productive members of society) will improve.Big Ed
When I was in school in Bridgeport (60's and 70's), it was a very competent school system and everyone that wanted received a quality education. Now they are just glorified babysitters that teach testing skills only.
Looks like the Mexicans are the ones failing. Very surprised they did good in reading and writing unless they did it in Spanish. Remember it is not racist if it is true.
I'm telling you if we don't get rid of the Democrat liberal mindset we are destined to fail.
You don't need much schooling in math or science to count loads of gravel.
its all them Messikins
Nope, just look at the White kids scores in Math at BMS. When all the AP Math students are A students one year and then go to BMS and nearly fail the next, I think you have a pretty good indication of what is happening.Yes, sometimes minorities may drag your scores down. And sometimes the teachers are stuck with unfair test. That is NOT happening in this case.Okay Prinicpal and School board... who is going to be held accountable for the crappy Math and Science scores at BMS?
Way to go Young Elementary.....the only DISD campus not to drop in rating. Recognized the very first year of existence. Hats off to faculty.Footnote: The only campus in the county rated exemplary, led by principal who couldn't get a job in Decatur.......too experienced and not connected.
What happened to the exemplary ratings in this county?
Is the uh-oh from Chico Elementary scoring Exemplary and no other elementary school in the county scored this well?
Can somebody explain the asterisks on the African American totals?
2:00TEA did away with the "exemptions" from last year. The ACTUAL scores didn't change much.
We're all doomed.
I'm so glad I'm not trying to get kids through school anymore, especially Bridgeport schools.
Defenders of the status quo downplay the rating, but they are legit window into what is happening on a campus.Hispanics are being taught across this state and there are campuses with 70% H and recognized. There is only one legitimate response.....we didn't get it done!
Dear Devil: I laughed. That was wonderful.
Looks like Paradise might be going to h*** in a hand basket.I thought that was the go to school ?!?
Gotta love crappy principles (Decatur) with roots so deep In Wise CO you can not ever get them out...
How long has Robert Haynes been there?
Big Ed - If all the schools are teaching is how to pass this test, then some of them are not going a very good job even of that. Lubbock ISD is a disaster. Whether it's a standardized test or something else, there ought to be some way to effectively measure students' learning before they've dropped too far behind to help.
Didn't Decatur get rid of Dr. Gindt because the district wasn't going in the right direction. I guess the direction they wanted was down.
Way to go Chico Elementary! The only school in Wise County to be Exemplary.
Thats what happen when you have soup. that is a dip s_it. Way to go bridgeport,good job. BISD sux
As the parent of a child who is moving from Bridgeport Middle School to Bridgeport High School I can tell you that school needs to clean house. The teachers do not teach!! I hope the new principal makes a differance but he's got his work cut out for him!!
Looks like the voters in Alvoid made the right choices in May!
For more info on these scores, please see the TEA website.
Were drugs and alcohol involved?
No wonder the Chico Elementary principal applies for any opening outside Chico she can find. She gets them going for them to go straight down hill from there. Is it me or is the mexican population completely killing Bridgeport?? If they are scoring this bad on the tests they are probably completely dragging down classroom learning as well...
Still looks like the white Republican kids are setting the curve!! Can I get a HELL YAH!! Black is cool, tan is grand....
As the migration from Mexico continues into the future the test scores will continue to drop. Throughout the world certain cultures excell in science and math. Mexico and South America are not amoungst them. You Anglos are going to be bred out of existance in two generations.
WK,It is obvious that they are not succeeding at whatever they are trying to teach. We need to get back to fundamentals. Teach the kids how to think, not what to think.Big Ed
I see that all the Decatur Schools have cute little names like the big city schools. Decatur wants so bad to be a big city. The Wise county reuion is a better example of what Decatur really is.
I thought smaller schools meant better environments for learning?Maybe, the country can learn something from their neighbor to the East (Denton) on how to teach the young ones.
Anonymous @ 1:36 wrote, "I'm telling you if we don't get rid of the Democrat liberal mindset we are destined to fail."The testing mindset came from your buddy George W. Bush, not the liberals. Ever heard of No Child Left Behind? That was George W.'s first big accomplishment.
If DHS only had about 10 more football coaches and a Turf field I bet the ratein would go up. why do they need all them teachers anyway?
Let's try to solve the problem the liberal weenie way even though it never works and never will work. Throw more money at it to show that we care while pissin on their leg and telling them that it's raining. Problem solved, back to you Jane.
Everytime I see people get their panties in a wad about this worthless test, I thank God that I'm no longer in the teaching profession. I feel sorry for those that have to deal with this crap. You can bet that the administrators and principals will be putting the screws to the teachers and kids...and with less staff and money to boot.
Hell with this edumakation stuff. Let's get some turf!
At least our buildings in Decatur look nice, new roofs, new stands and a beautiful fence around Eagle stadium. Our priorities are straight!
WARNING!!!!If the failures of the school administration transcends into my childs classroom. (i.e. pressure on my child, rigor, and rti) I will rain hell on the teacher and the principal of the school. I have spent alot of time at my childs school this past year and have witnessed many bad attitudes of the teachers and have heard alot of SPIN from the principals. I THINK THAT IT IS TIME THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT ROLLS THE HEAD OF THE CURRICULUM DIRECTORS HEAD AND FIX THE PROBLEM.
Testing is big business for companies in Texas and the USA. Both parties have taken education away from local schools and have turned it over to "free enterprise" and money grubbing for the test givers and the politicians they support. Give it back to the local schools and let the teachers teach! Down with standardized tests!!!
What's the deal in Decatur? They gave the Super a $40,000 raise because teachers were happy and student performance was dropping. OUCH!
I am disappointed in the big drop in student performance in Decatur. Last year the district was Recognize as was every campus.
Decatur is headed in the wrong direction!
Its easy to blame the latinos. The fact of the matter is, we live in Texas and there are alot of Mexicans in this State and alot of schools with better scores and attitudes. We cant just get rid of the TAKS, its big government and getting rid of the test is something you can only do through votes and protest. What you can control now is getting rid of stupid programs like CSCOPE and cute programs that have catchty acronyms and all this points to the curriculum director. Show up at your school board meetings and bitch at your elected members until you are blue in the face. Eventually someone will listen and will allow your teachers to provide educational instruction instead statistical managment.
Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for CSCOPE, stand up and HOLLER!!!! [insert cricket chirping sound here]
3:48pm anonymous......The only person that seems to really know the truth and what really goes on. You are so right.....now with less funds, teachers and more responsiblities we will be expected to make miracles!!! Good luck to the teachers and kiddos this year!!!!
A "*" on the report indicates that no students fit that profile.
Do I have show the dumb asses who are refusing to face the truth a graph. Test scores are directly related to the number of Mexicans in the school district. It is not a teacher problem, it is a cultural problem.
CheEco klASs oV 2011 rOOleS!!!!
Geez, all those pepper-bellies (i.e.;wetbacks, messicans) are really bringing the schools down...Facts do not equal racism.
i'm teaching my kids one shot one kill. thats the only thing they will need to know the way our country is headed
10-1 that 4:13 is a meskin any takers????
Yet Bridgeport has now adopted CSCOPE. Yes things need to change, but honestly it needs to start at the state level.Big Ed - how much time have you spent in the classroom recently? It's unfair to say that none of the teachers teach. There are a lot of GREAT teachers out there. One bad apple can ruin the bunch.
4:13-- Or, we could just deport all the illegals. That'd be a good start.
Perhaps the biggest deficiency in the education system is that there's no way to tell good teachers from bad teachers. There seem to be no objective criteria by which they can be judged. (Very similar to politicians.) Testing their students infuriates them, and even leads to cheating. (Hello, Atlanta!) Teaching is a noble profession -- but teachers should not be treated like hothouse flowers. Good teachers should be recognized and rewarded, and bad teachers either retrained or ousted. But you can't do that unless you can tell the players apart.
When are people going to realize that William Shockley, Kant, Schopenhauer,Voltaire and many others were right.
Why extend contracts/give raises before these test scores are revealed?? I would be cleanning house in mathmatics and science at BMS!! The test scores speak for themselves and if the super. doesnt want to get his hands dirty get rid of him too!!
I think there are too many FAVORS being done in Bridgeport School Districts. Look at all the recent new hires...principals at elementary and middle..family of friends. They hire the best of the worst
Quit blaming the Mexicans. The Fifth graders were performing great at BIS and then BMS math zapped them. How can you go from like 50+ commended on math in 5th grade to THREE the next year in 6th grade?That ain't the mexicans doing that folks. That is teacher(s) that don't care.I do agree that the new principal will have his work cut out for him. He should start by cleaning house in certain areas.BTW, check out the BMS website. Just words, but lets hope its a start...
So the asterisks means no nigglettes?
In addition to the test being harder, this is why the ratings are so different this year:http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/education/changes-mean-tougher-road-for-schools
The asterisk mean the number of students is below a certain level. They will not publish results in that case, as it might indirectly let you know how a specific child did on the test. The primary reason for the ratings drops statewide is that last year TEA skewed the numbers upward through the use of the Texas Projection Measure. It was some retarded formula about how a kid might do in the future based on their current scores. It might "project" them to count as a passing score when they actually failed.
If one reads the totals for taking the test instead of only the percentages, then a different more viewpoint can be taken - one which is probably more accurate than simply blaming all the hispanic kids for low scores. The percentages are too simplistic.For example under "Reading/ELA", 166 total hispanics met the standard out of 221 which took the test. So, 55 did not meet the standard, and by what margin we do not know. Out of 292 white kids that took the test only 251 met the standard. So, 41 did not meet the standard. Also how many of the 274 economiccaly disadvantaged are white? How many are hispanic? Another point to consider is that not all hispanic student are economically disadvantaged; not all are Mexican; some are Tejanos.On a side note, it is interesting that there are more "Econ Disadv" students than hispanic students, 274 compared to 221 respectively.
Guess what... All those hispancs that were born here are entitled to the same public education that lily white Johnny is entitled to.Deal with it, and then get you ass in gear with a plan to educate em all!
The grading system sucks. Dang it. wtf was wrong with A, B, C, D, F!!!!!
6:04 PM...the grading scale is culturally biased.
Since the Decatur Board seized control from educators the place has stumbled and bumbled.
I wonder if doc Allings using the wisdom he has gained leading the hospital to make decisions about our kids.
Many here don't understand that the teachers know exactly what is going to be on this test, they just don't know how it will be asked or in what form. The TAKS test comes directly from the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) which are the objectives each teacher should teach as determined by the state of Texas. C-Scope or any curriculum is designed to make sure the teacher covers all the materials and at the depth needed for deep understanding. Still any curriculum will only be as good as the people delivering and monitoring. The scores this years are a true example of where your child's school stands academically. Remember that each school in Texas has the same TEKS and takes the same TAKS test.
The State grading system for schools is all messed up and it does not truly show how good schools are! For example-8th graders at one school-History scored 100% passed on TAKS with over half commended! ELA and Math had 92% passed with high numbers of commended! Science was in the high 80's in passing with good commended numbers! But the school was rated academic acceptable because of one subgroup scored that on one test in 6th grade! One subgroup!!! State says a school cannot be rated higher than its lowest score in any subgroup! Stupid! So instead of being rated Exemplary or Recognized the school is stuck with the score of one subgroup! So before you badmouth teachers for not teaching-you need to look at how each school is scored!
Where is Teddy Kennedy when you need him again? I thought his last most expensive in the history of ever education bill that GW let him write was going to correct this problem? Dig him up and let's let him fix it again with even more money. By the way, Teddy hasn't had a drink in over two years now. Congrats to ya Killer.
Keep in mind TAKS is 9 yrs old. We surely should have it figured out by now.I know many DISD parents didn't trust their school and spent hard earned dollars having their kids privately tutored so to be ready for the TAKS.RE: the doc! That's funny. Rarely does one board member have the opportunity to screw two communities, two sets of taxpayers.
Decatur will have their schools performing like Bridgeport schools thanks to micro management
Look who voted against education in Austin during the 82nd legislative session. Rue of NWISD and others are on record as witnesses in Austin voting as for budget cuts. Look up the witness lists, it is public info.
7:42, people like you are the reason why I read this blog. You are wonderful.
everyday i read this and it just proves all my thoughts about you are true "stupid racist wasp" from a white guy with a broader mind give it up you will not always be the majority
7:06 I am not a teacher; and you are correct. We don't understand. People just like to gripe; but do not want to find out the facts.Thanks for enlightening us.
Well said, Anon 7:00! Where did you get your education mid-management degree? If I came to your office, would you show me your paddle?
Not sure what Alvord Elections have to do with Alvord test scores. But something you may check in to. Alvord Board just hired Bridgeport's curriculum person. Hummm, but no worries Alvord Elem has great TEACHERS
When test scores are high, superintendents and school boards take all the credit & pat each other on the backs. When scores are low or just drop, they blame teachers while hiding under their desks. Has Eddie Bland or the school board at BISD ever publicly taken any blame?
I wish this blog had a "ignore" button so we could ignore certain regular commenters. I would ignore WordKyle. Every time I read some of his blather--really the Fox News party line--my blood pressure rises a few points. WordKyle, Fox News, and their ilk want to blame the teachers for poor student performance. Really, the poor scores are a direct result of poverty--to a much greater degree than teacher performance or even race. The Hispanics seem to score poorly not because of their race, but because they have more poverty among their members. Republicans want to blame the teachers because they want to break the teachers unions. They also want vouchers to be approved so they can afford to send their kids to private (or charter) schools, where their kids won't have to rub elbows with the great unwashed brown majority.
Goober (3:28), you want to tell me what the hell you're talking about? Voters making the right choices in May? You really THINK the Board election had anything at all to do with Alvord's scores? How pompous! Take a look at the TEACHERS there and then GIVE THEM A RAISE!! Better keep them!
Hey, 4:18, is Kilgo curriculum more of Cscope? Tired of these admin's buying the "here's the perfect curriculum" crap!
2:10---------------------I can explain the asterisk. It means that the niggers get a free pass. If they refuse to work, we tell them that it's OK. After all< nine generations ago someone they may (or may not) have been related to might (or might not) have been a slave. And we feel real bad about stuff that we had nothing to do with. So we have decided to further damage them and all their future progeny by not expecting them to do the things which would eventually make them productive citizens. It's the least we can do, anyway. Hell, we felt so guilty about stuff we didn't even do that we thought it would be a good idea to jump up and vote for a nigger for president. Even if he wasn't remotely qualified or prepared for the office. Surely that would make all that affirmitive action worthwhile, right?So we sincerely hope y'all appreciate our efforts at reconciliation. They are sincere. And as you continue to flush your entire culture down the toilet, we would like to thank you for dragging the rest of the country down with you. It really shows your appreciation of our heartfelt efforts at doing all we can to right wrongs which we didn't commit
Looks like Alvord is the only district to have all campuses in at least the RECOGNIZED group. All campuses! That's great! Bet also those kids are taught much more than "just the test!" I know that because I know the Alvord teachers TEACH beyond the test! Way to go, Alvord teachers!
We need to bus some kids in from Hurst and Arlington- those Asians will save us from ourselves.
Decatur need Mr. Howard and Mrs. Quant back to let the know that more than the Super should get raises. It is crazy they gave the guy big money while student learning was sinking. Terrible mistake for sure. They are running the place like a business on welfare. Almost like Doctor's Hospital and General Motors combined. Pray for the kids.
1042 - My screen name is atop every one of my posts. Easy to decide if you want to read it or not.I don't disagree with the correlation between poverty and low test scores. However, that is just a condition, not an impossible obstacle to learning. Plenty of schools do well with those very students. Cost per student at these schools is often equal to, or even less than, other less-successful schools. Apparently "throw more money at it" is not the solution. Like politicians, school systems can find creative ways to squander funds without showing results. Let them put that same energy and imagination into teaching the students.P.S. You likely watch more Fox News than I do. Your apparent anger at my comments makes me believe I hit a nerve. Are you a teacher? If my saying "good teachers should be rewarded, and poor teachers retrained or ousted" angered you, then that gives an indication of what kind of teacher you are, doesn't it?
Hanna High School, Brownsville ISDRecognized2,000+ Hispanic students1,900+ Economically Disadvantaged studentsBetter figure out something to blame other than race and economic status.
I would like to see a comparison of how the districts did student performance wise compared to the amount of pay raise given to the Supers. If I recall correctly.....Bridgeport and Decatur gave the largest raises this year and their student performance dropped.What kind of message does that send.....
Edinbug CISD (near the Mexican border)30 schools13 Exemplary19 Recognized6 Academically Acceptable0 Academically Unacceptable1 Not Rated-otherALL schools OVER 95% HispanicAll schools with high percentage of Economically Disadvantaged populationIf you people want schools with higher ratings, you better figure out how to get people into the schools who know how to reach the low performing students.
If the test scores do not fall on the shoulders of the teachers, whose shoulders does the responsibility fall?How much money would it take to make sure all students pass the test? Could funds be redirected from activities to help more kids pass the state test?In my opinion, the only way to improve education is to quit giving credit to students for not demonstrating that they have learned the material.
TypoEdinburg-39 schools-not 30
Mr Williams and Mr Askey taught Decatur kids a trade, Mrs Reeves took all that away.
Well, the world always needs ditch diggers...
thats easy, the curriculum director. she is impossible to work with and doesnt have a clue. Other than making the decision to purchase CSCOPE, what does she do anyway? Lay off the teachers. I think that you would agree that there a three types of students. A genius, average, a not so average. In todays teaching environment, administrators expect teachers to bring the genius out of everyone. They have this theory that we all have the same potential. That is far from the truth and destroys the system. It sucks to be a teacher!!!
Not to denigrate the scores, what they say, who is to blame nor any of the other things mentioned here, but...next year will be the STAAR test, which is supposed to be a much different cookie to burn. Yes, I am a teacher. Yes, I work in Bridgeport, but I've also worked in Decatur and Slidell. Yes, I am at the middle school campus with a new principal. Yes, I went to Bridgeport Schools. Yes, I have a MS (not in education). Yes, I can use big words and know their meaning.No, I am not prejudiced. I think that Hispanic students whether in Decatur, Chico, Bridgeport or Houston should make a difference in how we teach, but so should any child whose learning style is different. That includes GT, bilingual, and special populations of every variety. Good luck to all of you.Here are a couple of resources you might want to look at as you make comments:Commercial test preparation site: http://www.staartesttutor.com/TEA site for STAAR information: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/Mary J. Howard
Decatur lost a great deal with the changes over the last year. We are now more of a down home distirct! Not as progressive as we once were but teachers are happy.
1:00 PM. If it sucks then go do something else. If that's how you feel I don't want you teaching my kids!
How does the Messenger have Decatur as "recognized" when they only have two schools out of five in that category??? Most of their schools are "acceptable". But Paradise has 2 in each and they show it as "acceptable". Messenger is a joke!
1:00Nope, it's exhilarating to be a teacher. Any fool can look good in a classroom full of exceptional students, and anyone with any competency at all can have success with average students. An excellent teacher takes the not so average student and helps him reach his full academic potential.Quit whining and teach, or get out of the profession.
3:47TEA lists Decatur ISD as Recognized: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2011/static/summary/d249905.htmlDon't blame the Messenger for reporting what TEA posts.
When did school administrators start leaving post of blogs. If you dont believe that teachers hate their jobs, then maybe the school board members need to spend some time with the teachers. In all my years of teaching, I have never seen moral this low. This school district has major problems and leaving is not that easy. I believe that all teachers have the best interest of the kids first, however, your administrators could care less about your kids. Their only priority is their statistical data and they will run right over the backs of anyone to hit that magical number.
Parents who won't get involved with, and monitor their kids' education are why test scores suck.Teachers are secondary to parents in the hierarchy of influence... and most beaners won't even come to a pto meeting much less give a $h!t about jr's education.
5:15Teachers who hate their jobs need to quit. They are not effective in the classroom.I've worked for amazing administrators, and I've worked for AWFUL administrators. When it got so bad that I hated going to work, I changed schools. I know that is difficult right now, but I would work multiple minimum wage jobs before I inflicted my misery on a classroom full of students. Trust me, the attitude carries into the classroom. I would be willing to bet that's part of the problem with low scores in some of these schools.If you're burned out and bitter, make room for those younger, passionate teachers who are itching to enter the profession.
4:22, I am a teacher (and not the original poster that you are sparring with). While I get great satisfaction out of sharing my passion for academics with students and fostering critical thinking skills. I wouldn't describe it as exhilerating as of late and that is no fault of the students. It's the beauracracy that burns me out. I spend more time creating paper trails that cover my principal's ass so he can cover the super's ass so he can cover the school boards' asses so they can justify the dumb asses making up this vicious cycle. Now, teachers are taking it in the ass. The demands of our jobs far outweigh the alloted time and resources that we have.
10:09...just a little FYI that curriculum person was at the Elementary and Intermediate level and last time I checked there isn't a problem there!!! Those teachers at Alvord are lucky to have her!
8:174:22 here.I would not work in the environment you describe.While my school is probably not perfect, it feels pefect to me. We are an Exemplary high school campus (4 years in a row,) and I feel valued and appreciated by my administrators. I would NOT work in any other environment. I've worked for jerks, and I quit. THAT school has steadily declined in rating. I'm pretty sure that a big part of the problem is that the teachers in that school are burned out and bitter.
How sad for Alvord. It used to be Alvord was always EXPLEMARY!!! Now, there are those who are patting themselves on the back because we are RECOGNIZED?Just goes to show you...yep, Alvord too is going down the tube. Won't be long and we will be unacceptable.....
The Bridgeport Board does not have a clue! They are a joke and so is the Middle School. Now the Supt. has named his best buddy to be the rep for the apprasial district. Look at the Messenger story for names! You can not keep moving bad teachers around the building and hope for better results...not going to happen. Before you guys try to spin your big 2 cent tax reduction, you might think about hiring a few good teachers to replace those that are not getting it done. If I had it to do over, my child would have never stepped into Bridgeport Middle School. The test results are proof of what we parents have known for several years.
8:17, I feel exactly as you do. Put me in my classroom with the students and let me teach. Keep the "administrative" issues in the administrative positions, just as they used to be so long ago. Too much is passed down to the teachers. "Bitter?" I don't believe that's the correct word for people to use. Maybe "fed up" because we are overworked and are doing everyone's job along with our own. Why is it people throw out that "bitter" word? Don't you people realize that people can just be upset about something, and for reason? Those folks who throw out the insult of "you are bitter" are actually the ones who protect your own status because you don't want to see any fault in your "delegating" everything to your teachers.
11:27 I'm with you. Tell me how do we pay for all the sports emprovements at DISD with all the mexicans not payin any tax? Im just glad they don't count your football record into this scoring system.
Should students be held accountable for their own scores? Perhaps we need to stop blaming everyone else. Let the students be responsible for how they perform on their tests.
807 Its not that I hate my job. I am a teacher, and a darn good one. However, they dont want good teachers anymore. All they want is someone who can hand out worksheets. Believe me when I say this..you dont want me and other good teachers to quit, because once they leave, they are not coming back into the educational workplace. Decatur's curriculum is so bad that a monkey could hand out worksheets all day. Ask your child what they do all day or look inside their folders. They do worksheets all day, repeating the same thing over and over again. They are not being taught anything other than how to help the administration accomplish their targets. There is nothing academically stimulating about this district for the student. Its boring them and making then hate school. That is why many of these scores are so low. As a taxpayer, I would think you would want the best teacher for your child. So dont come on here and ask the good ones who hate what they are doing to quit. Go to the school board and demand change. As a teacher, their is nothing we can do or say to change the system. If we speak out, we will become the victims of punitive actions and will be placed on a business plan.
9:30--so sorry your child had a bad experience at BMS--along with so many others! When my child was at BMS, the school went through 4, yes FOUR, prinicpals in one year! We moved our son-------BEST THING WE EVER DID! Fortunately, we had an option! Horrible expereince with an English teacher--who happened to be a coach and coach's wife, too! (now please don't think I'm bashing coaches, because there are some good ones out there who are good classroom teachers). She was dishonest (a fact we proved with papers in our son's notebook with grades that were entered in the gradebook incorrectly causing him to earn a failing grade). Amazing how it wasn't just ONE grade entered wrong! Now, I'm not saying anyone is perfect! As a teacher, I can certainly say my students have "caught me" making mistakes! What great teachable moments those are! How about a response of "No one is perfect, I'm so sorry! Let's work on correcting this! Totally my mistake--I WILL make this right!" Choose any of those responses! That WITCH looked at our son as we stood there with multiple papers with grades on them (where the grade was wrong in the computer)and her response to a kid was "So what do you want me to do about it?"!!!!!! Excuse me???? This momma/school employee came unglued at this point!!!!!!!!! How dare her! I demanded his grade be changed.....TO WHAT HE EARNED!!!! She was a joke, that school is a joke......and don't get me started about the elitest athletes and their families in that school! Maybe they should look at student safety and how scared many of them are to even be in the bldg! Students aren't going to have learning as a priority when they are being bullied and no adult is willing to accept it's happening and do something about it! (and yes, I speak from first hand experience!!!)
9:38I'm sorry but the comment "It sucks to be a teacher!!!" reads like bitterness to me. And I'm NOT an administrator, I'm a classroom teacher entering my 20th year.
10:11How, as a good teacher, can you ethically stay in such a situation?If I were a parent or taxpayer in your district, I would raise cain with the school board until I got answers. But I am neither a parent or taxpayer in any Wise county district. I used to work in a WC school, but when I became miserable, I quit, moved to a school in another county, and we moved. Best choice we ever made. When, during the course of a school year, I vent some petty frustration to my husband, he simply looks at me and says the name of the colossal jerk I used to work for.
Decatur has placed it's dollars behind it's football program not academics. An intentional decision to provide the community what it wants. Watchout Bulls......we are gonna roll. Over ya! Go Eagles!
10:29, have you ever been really upset about something? Upset enough that you let others know you were upset? Would you be ok with others saying you were "bitter?" Every person has a right to disagree or even be upset. That does not mean they are bitter.( Bitter - characterized by intense antagonism or hostility... fierce, cruel, ruthless, relentless)Saying people are hostile and an intense antagonist is MUCH different than recognizing that they are upset! If you've taught for 20 years, you should at least understand that difference. "Bitter" is a very negative and insulting term. It gives the impression that the person is beyond approach and no solutions or compromises can be reached. People who call others bitter must have very tyrannical personalities themselves! Think they would enjoy the term "tyrant" attached to their attitudes? Be careful with our language.
In the small town of Chico it doesn't do a bit of good to go into the school board meetings and demand change. If a parent speaks out against anything their kid will be ostracized. Math among other subjects have been an issue since my kids were in elementary at CISD. We have enrolled them in Sylvan and taken steps at home to try an compensate for what they are not getting from the school. We all know that it is the way the system is set up "no child left behind" is crap and we have to do the best we can with what we have. But it is a waste of time and energy to try an show concern for your kids at CISD if you don't have the right last name to go with it. The people running the show around here are only in it to benefit their own. The good teachers leave the cronies stay and the whole student body suffers. Oh sure some will say to vote them out or run against them, but that is easier said than done. Chico needs a serious attitude adjustment and that can only happen if a large group of people come together to make it happen.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE ARE YELLING ABOUT!!!!!!
It is time for Mrs. Reeves to return as Princpal of Decatur High. WE NEED HER BACK!
11:48Some teachers on here have made comments that read as "intense antagonism or hostility" toward the administrators thay work for. Look-I'm not knocking teachers-especially teachers who are trying their best in miserable situations. I'm just suggesting that if you're that miserable, life's too short to hurt yourself that way. I know the job situation stinks right now, but if you're miserable, you really should be looking for a way out.I'm afraid it's going to get worse before it gets better-especially in schools whose ratings went down. Every person who attended K-12 thinks he knows what's best for the education system, and that includes school board members who don't have a clue about managing a classroom. When I say move to a different school or find something else to do, I suggest it for your own mental/physical health.Personally, I'm getting that can't-sleep-at-night, anxious-to-get-back excitment for the coming year. I cannot imagine trying to start a new year without that feeling. I am truly sorry for anyone who is looking forward to the coming year with dread instead of excitment.My wish for all teachers-May your students be exceptional, their parents reasonable, and your administrators supportive.
Why would you want Reeves back-Arlington Martin was only Academically Acceptable, too.
Reeves fits the culture of our community. She is Decatur through and blue.
Are there any good teachers at B.M.S.? My child starts there this year. No option of moving!!
6:02---you might check neighboring ISDs. With funding like it is, MANY are offering "open enrollment"! RUN FAST AND FAR from that school!
HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL Exemplary HIGHLAND PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL Exemplary ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY Exemplary BRADFIELD ELEMENTARY Exemplary HYER ELEMENTARY Exemplary UNIVERSITY PARK ELEMENTARY Exemplary MCCULLOCH INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Exemplary No illegals in that district. Test scores are closely related to number of Mexicans in the district.
There are some GREAT teachers at BMS. I also believe with the new principal in place things will change.
Other than Math and Science, your kid will be fine in 6th grade.I suggest a tutor for math. As someone else mentioned earlier, the fifth graders were awesome math students, then went to sixth grade and went from like 50 something to 2-3 that scored commendable on the TAKS test. And that was all races, not just minorities. THAT is clearly an indicator that someone is not doing their job and is mailing it in. And it better get fixed.
8:16The test scores are more closely related to the wealth of the parents in the district.My 5A high school is exemplary. ALL of my Hispanic students passed all portions of the TAKS, and over 50% were commended in all areas. However, they are all from middle class/upper middle class families.I expect you to ignore this, because you are a racist, ignorant, bigot.
The freedom to push the all the right buttons of sensitive people, Is the reason I like this blog. Most of you are so sensitive and such easy targets :) This whole world is going to hell in a hand basket. With the current financial crisis and budget cuts, wait a couple of years and see what a horrible education your child will get. You aint seen nothing yet. Idiocracy here we come.
9:40, You are the bigot. Figures do not lie but liars figure.Why were the first generation of poor Vietnam immigrants so successful? Many finished at the top of their high school classes. I guess that also makes me a bigot for stating that fact. All humans are not created equal. So says your hero Darwin. The average black male can run faster, jump higher and punch harder than the average white male. I guess that makes me a bigot for stating the obvious. Because there are variations in the human species I guess I am a bigot. And because I am educated with a masters degree in mathematics I qualify for another of your names for me - ignorant.You liberals have crammed Darwinism down my throat and now that I have studied it and make observations of its principles in Homo sapiens I am a bigot.
Sad that Bridgeport only cares about football while looking the other way if the boys will be smart enough to make it in college or have to come back home to mommy and daddy. But who cares as long as we make a lazy 300 lb lineman for the season. SAD SAD SAD
12:23MITTIE A PULLAM ELGALLEGOS ELPAREDES ELRAQUEL PENA EL All schools on the border-all Exemplary-all 99%+ Hispanic (there are more-I'm not going to keep copying and pasting)And then there are HARDIN H S and WARREN H S-not enough Hispanic or African American students to count for the ratings (again-there are more.) According to your thinking, they should be Exemplary. So why are they only Academically Acceptable?According to your thinking, none of the schools down on the border should be Exemplary. It is NOT the race of the child-it is the ability (or inability) of the school to educate the child.And by the way-I'm one of the most politically conservative people you could ever meet. I do NOT believe that we need to throw more money at education to make things better. We need to look at what those Exemplary schools do (including the ones on the border) and emulate those practices.As to your comment about Asian students-yes, first generation Asian students often do very well. There are also plenty of those students who do NOT do well (I've had them in class), but those students don't make the news. LEAST intelligent student I had last year was a first generation Vietnamese kid.Also, never been a fan of Darwin. From my observations of our species, I've concluded that Nurture has a much greater influence than Nature.
12:23C DOUGLAS KILLOUGH LEWISVILLE-Lewisville ISD-50%+ minority-ExemplaryFlower Mound High School (and ALL elementary and middle schools that feed into FMHS)-Lewisville ISD-Exemplary (enough Hispanic and African American Students to count in the ratings)
Quality education isn't rocket science.First: Hire/retain/reward Master Teachers (they have a documented performance) Move the weak/mediocre teacher out the door, not to a different subject, grade level, or campus, but out of the district. Latter isn't difficult if admin isn't sitting on their butts.Second: Protect the school day. A Master teacher cannot teach a kid that isn't there, but instead at a midweek track meet, a stock show, a baseball game, a basketball tournament, selling annual ads, or any of the other crap.
I LIKE teachers, if you know what I mean.
9:27AMEN! Hallelujah!!! Preach it!!!As to your second point-especially if the kid does ALL of those!!!I would not be surprised if that's part of the reason that accountability ratings drop from elementary to high school in many districts.
You can look at the school districts like Edinburg and make the deduction that the Wise County schools are failing in some way, but I like to look at the obvious....It is not the schools at all, only the dumbest hispanics would be willing to move to Wise County!
Oh, my. The Devil made me laugh!
damn when did the meskins figure out the internet? they are taking it over next
How about one county-wide school district? That way we get the best of the Recognized and Exemplary schools; one football program; one superintendent; one county-wide school board, etc. All the little rivaling schools will pull together instead of constant bickering and puffing out their chests saying "I'm the best". It will be the 'survival of the fittest' among administrators/teachers. All tax payers pay one flat fee. Hey, how about parents also pay a small fee for each child they enroll in Wise County Consolidated School District? Oh, forget it. We could never all get along.
8:35, cheating has been going on a long time in the Brownsville ISD:"In Brownsville, Garza Elementary has scoring patterns similar to Wilmer’s. Its fourth- and fifth-graders did poorly on the state’s English-language reading test in 2004. Fourth-graders finished in the bottom 11 percent of the state. Fifth-graders were worse: in the bottom 4 percent, 3,336th out of 3,453 schools statewide.Like Wilmer, Garza teaches the very poor; only three of its 810 students did not qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. More than three-quarters of its students are considered “limited English proficient” under state definitions.And, like Wilmer, Garza’s students finished in the state’s top 2 percent on the third-grade reading test. Almost two-thirds of its students got perfect or near-perfect scores."
hey 11:31 First The Decatur Eagles have to get passed Whitesboro, then they have to play Carrolton Ranchview, Oh wait then they got to show up and play big bad Witchita Falls Hirshey and don't forget the Gainseville Leopards who have been tearing it up the last few years! Nice tough schedule you all have over there Eagles Fans!
11:222004?Here:http://old.brownsvilleherald.com/ts_comments.php?id=74239_0_10_0_CSchools cleared of suspected cheatingTeachers will get their bonus moneyBy AARON NELSENThe Brownsville HeraldDecember 9, 2006 — Four Brownsville schools that had been flagged for possible cheating on the spring 2005 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Wonder what the ratings would be for our county schools had this test been given to students back in the 60s or 70s.
Regardless of what school your loyal to or who has better teachers, etc, the rating system is anything BUT accurate. Good teachers teach at all schools, even the low ranking ones. Teachers can teach, but the students have to put forth the effort to learn, as well. Some students know the material, but get so stressed from all the pressure of TAKS that they do poorly. Parents, also have to have a part in this process. Don't blame teachers, they are doing the best they can with what the state allows. (btw, I am not a teacher, but have family members who are) TEA is the one to blame. If they would allow teachers to actually teach, more kids would learn more than just a test.
Don't worry, ya'll.The inbred, white-trash, Wise county teens are giving the messicans a run for their money in the breeding department. Purty soon there'll be enough little cross-eyed whities around to crowd out the messicans, and then all the schools will be exemplary. Cuz, you know, bein white makes em smarter.
More and more teachers are being instructed to teach "only what is on the test." There are many TEKS per grade level, but not all of them are tested. Administrators/teachers find the ones that will be tested and only those TEKS are going to be covered. Broad based instruction will be replaced to pinpoint only tested TEKS! Schools are desperate to "make the grade" and the students are losing out on a general education. I do not understand why people, parents, teachers, and even students do not rebel against all of the testing! These tests cost tax-payers over 8 Billion a year! Companies that make the tests are taking that money and there is NO return for the schools or students. I cannot believe this has been allowed, not only to continue, but to become so blown out of porportion that we allow our children to lose out on a broad based education, to be stressed out so much that many become physically sick due to the tests, and that we actually think, really THINK, that a once a year test can tell whether the school gets and A, B, C, or F !! There's so much more to good schools, and to a good education! Citizens of Texas need to rise up and say this will happen no more!!!
Great article here:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/04/963253/--TEXAS-Standardized-Testing
144 - "Teach only what is on the test" is stupid and short-sighted. And I can't disagree with the criticisms you have of standardized testing. Do you have another, better way to evaluate the quality of education the students are receiving? If we wait until the student has graduated, and can't function in an adult world because of poor education, then we have waited too long -- the student's life is more or less ruined. What suggestions do you have for better teacher evaluations, and for holding teachers accountable? The end result of their work would seem to be (or ought to be) educated students. Is that an unfair expectation? Is it an unfair standard to apply to teachers?
11:03 Another great addition to your solution is to exempt the smart people who do not and will never have children from paying school taxes.
Wordkyle is either a school administrator or married to one. He's drinks that Lamar University mid-management degree Zig Ziglar kool-aide chit.
1:44I look forward to joining the effort that you begin. How and when do we start?And how do we hold schools accountable for the education of students? How do we know that a student who earned an "A" in biology in Decatur has the same level of knowledge as the student who earned the same grade in Highland Park?
1:44The legiislative body in Austin has an acronym for teachers who voice concerns: WASP-Whiney A$$ School PersonnelJust how far do you think we'll get with that attitude?
Go to the Texas Higher Education Cooridinating Board and look at your school's performance thier first year in our colleges.These who are failing, wasting tuition are "the brighter kids"And success at junior colleges is no better.Our schools are failing! Across the board.
Here's the link to the information 8:22 provided:http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/2155.PDF?CFID=20362249&CFTOKEN=12505064
Wrong². (Or more. I don't understand the Lamar U. reference.) I asked what I thought were reasonably intelligent questions. If standardized tests are not the answer, what suggestions do experienced educators -- and I mean teachers, not administrators -- have? Sure, I had commentary about evaluating the level of education students receive, and expressed the opinion that teachers should be evaluated. Are those ideas subversive, or threatening?
Lamar University, University of Phoenix, etc. are one of those online universities that you can get a education Masters Degree in a box. It's where most of your typical fast track administrators are getting their graduate degrees. I have no problem with standardized test. We all took them in school at one point or another...TEAMS, TAAS, TAKS, PSAT, ACT, SAT, etc. and so on. The problem is not with the students or necessarily teachers. It is the way the ratings are configured. If you have 98 percent white kids passing the TAKS test, 1 percent minority passing it, and your 1 economically disadvantaged kid fails, then the whole school is screwed. I know that the percentages don't exactly mirror that, but you get the idea. Then, rather than teach all of the TEKS, school administrators spend all their time making teachers statisticians, trying to figure out what TEKS they can leave out and which kids they can segregate into classes that will hammar the crap out of them with test taking strategies rather than fostering life long learners. Most kids HATE school as it is. That is a much bigger problem than whether a school, in a one-shot opportunity grilled their kids enought to get an accurate picture of how much they learned in a whole year. The teachers and students are burning out faster than you can say "Bubble in A, B, C, or D."As for the comparison with Highland Park, you just can't do that. You are comparing apples to oranges there. Good for those people if they can afford to live in a fantastic school district like that. I'm not going to punish them by watering down their education or taking their hard earned money away just because I can't live like they do. I do well, but the fact is that I don't have enough money to live there and I know that I will have to work a little harder with my kids to provide whatever enrichment that lacks in Decatur schools. Kids in Highland Park receive education outside of school...travel, Suzuki cello lessons, season tickets to broadway and opera performances, etc. because they were lucky enough to be born in such a family. But I'll be damned if I become one of these whiners that say just because someone makes more money than me, we need to level the playing field via governmental intervention. If you want that kind of life for your kids, move to a socialist country or get two jobs so you can rent an apartment in Highland Park.
7:57, If the legislative body uses the term WASP to discredit teachers or administrators who have legitimate concerns about the sizeable amout of money the state wastes on testing, that should be an indication of their diplomatic abilities. Evidently they have none. Last I checked, the legislative body is an elected body and if WASP truly voted together, they would all be out of a job! Wordkyle, I have no problem with teachers being held accountable. It is their job to TEACH, and to teach to all students. It is also the job of the administration to oversee that teachers are doing just that. I recall that for years, students were evaluated with standardized testing every so often, and schools were not bombarded with purchasing testing materials to teach from. I also remember that students who truly did not do well in a grade were held back. (failed!) For some reason, our society just cannot accept that as an option. However, as a teacher, I can attest to seeing many many students do nothing in class, which results in a failing grade for that class, yet they are rewarded and moved right along into the next grade with the other students. There is no motivation for these students to work each day at learning, because there is no consequence for them. Believe me, those who are passed along have a very difficult time from then on. They never LEARN that they are going to be held accountable for studying (because they aren't) and so they don't study! So, I suggest we return, in part, to yesteryear. Administration should oversee that teachers are doing their jobs, and if students are moved along into the next grade, it should be that they are ready for that next grade by passing previous grades without social promotion. Teachers must teach, not hand out worksheets to keep their students busy unless those worksheets are practice on what has been taught to the class. Tutorial time should be scheduled into the school day and those whose grades are passing may use that time for athletics or other creative fine arts classes; those who are struggling in the core classes will stay in for reteaching in the tutorial classes. (Again, a reward for making the grade.) Testing to evaluate progress is necessary at some points throughout the school career, but there really is no need to test each and every year. One test (like the old standardized ones) that covers many areas can give a pretty good indication of how well a student is progressing. The money spent on making separate exams for each and every single core subject for almost each and every single year is too much. It just isn't necessary. School personnel (admin and teachers) are well educated and college degreed professionals. I'm not so sure that all this testing of students shows that much improvement anyway in student abilities at graduation from those who graduated years before.There are still many who receive a high school diploma who still cannot read, or write well, or even think much. We still graduate those who will barely get by in this world. Modified testing insures that all will eventually graduate anyway... and with the same diploma.So, solution:1) Local school boards should hold their admistrators accountable for seeing that teachers are teaching.2) Administrators must evaluate their teachers and insure they are doing their job. 3) Teachers must teach and the grades they give on report cards must TRULY represent the students' abilities and performance in the classroom. If the child is really not doing well on the work, then - tutorials, and/or repetition of that year.4) Students must be held accountable for performance and their parents must understand there will be no more social promotion. 5) Include standardized testing that covers "across the board" education for evaluations, but remove the bombardment of testing that is in place now, (and set to actually get worse.)Teachers or administrators who read this blog, please add your ideas too. I would love to see more ideas from educators.
1:44 is right. We are told to teach material that will cover only the TEKS that are tested for the grade we teach. (If we are a teacher of a subjecet to be tested that year.) Repetition on those will give kids a better chance to pass the test.
12:07, yet the Brownsville School District students continue to score lower than Decatur students on the ACT and SAT. They also score lower on IQ tests. Most school districts that do well on TAKS also do well on ACT and SAT. Something is going on there!
855 - Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your having given it some thought. When you say, "Administration should oversee that teachers are doing their jobs," how do you propose that they do that?
Wordkyle, I propose that they do that just in the same manner that any business manager oversees that his/her workers are doing their job(s). Watch, Listen, Discuss, and LEAD as a leader should! It isn't difficult to know/see which teachers are not doing what they should be doing. It doesn't take long to know who is really teaching and who is not - who is effective and who is not. If a teacher is not teaching and producing students who perform well in the classroom, then they need to be terminated. How do you think schools handled that all those years ago? You sound like a rather intelligent person. I wonder..... are you a product of "old school" or are you a product of "test to death?" I'm a product of "old school" and I see a nation of the same. Would you say we would be that much better had we all been through the same rigors mandated today? If you are an administrator in a school or, maybe you are a manager in an office, can you not tell who is doing a good job and who is not? (That's not rhetorical, I would like an answer from you on that one.)The work force in this country (world) has worked that way for many decades. Bosses lead and they give jobs and they take jobs away. Otherwise, why even have them?
104 - Please don't take my comments as confrontational. I'm sincerely interested in your ideas on this, since you sound like you're on the inside. I'm not in education at all, but having sent five kids through the public school system, I know, and have dealt with, some of the issues. However, I am curious about something that you sort of breezed by.You said "It isn't difficult to know/see which teachers are not doing what they should be doing." How is that judgment made? By whom? Do administrators know this, or is the fact only known by other teachers? I gather that it's observable (and measurable) behavior?My own education was probably more Old School than most. The majority of my education was a long time ago in a very small public school way out in the boonies. Nothing special, but they focused on the basics, because the school didn't have a lot of amenities.
How about a way to evaluate our adminstrators on whether or not we they are doing THEIR jobs? We have no way of doing that. We know the slackers, they know the slackers, but they do nothing about them...actually, the slackers get easier schedules, easier kids (so that test scores don't go down because of their lazy teaching habits). I can tell you that our adminstrators are fully aware and capable of doing something about the slackers, but they would rather spend their time finding the next business model to adapt to their next professional development presentation. TEACHERS need to be able to give ADMINISTRATORS performance reviews!!!
9:54Passing TAKS is NOT an indicator of SAT/ACT scores. Commended Performance on TAKS is an indicator of college readiness, and those students often do well on SAT/ACT. Schools with a high number of Commended Performance students will probably have students witth higher SAT/ACT scores. The number of Commended Performance students is not reflected in the school rating.Schools do not give all students an IQ test. IQ tests are used in conjunction with Special Ed testing and testing for Gifted and Talented programs.TEA has investigated Brownsville schools, and they have not uncovered cheating. If you are concerned that TEA has missed something, I think you should launch your own investigation. Get back to us when you have your results.
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