DPAS II component 5-update

This week I was given some materials that are beginning to be passed out to members of the state’s teachers associations pertaining to the dreaded Component 5 of DPAS. I am attaching to the post first the slides and actual DPAS5B “Measures Selection Form”, and also from the DOE some FAQs, and how the ratings for teachers is broken down. DPAS5A
Now,as I read through this information the first thing that comes to my mind is, “why would anyone want to teach today?” Teachers hands are being tied more and more everyday, and now we will be holding some teachers accountable for students they don’t even teach or see. The other side to this coin is that if you look at the ratings breakdown, we have some teachers who should not be in the classroom that can still be considered “Effective” making it pretty hard to remove them. My last comment is maybe the folks from the association can get a clearer picture from the author whose name appears on a couple of the pages, and clarify it for me.


About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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4 Responses to DPAS II component 5-update

  1. KilroysDelaware says:

    “Teachers hands are being tied more and more everyday, and now we will be holding some teachers accountable for students they don’t even teach or see.”

    And yet we’ll see a labor endorsement for Markell. Was there ever a time labor took a no recommendation for a candidate for Delaware Governor? He’ll be on his 2nd and last term as governor and then will want to go to Washington. He sold out teachers, parents, students, taxpayers and school boards.

  2. Frederika Jenner says:

    Thanks for your post. It is not impossible to remove genuinely ineffective or poor teachers from the classroom. Administrators just have to do it. It takes time. It takes documentation. Principals have to follow the DOE DPAS II guidelines to the letter–the steps are all laid out in a neat little notebook. Read the directions and follow them. Ask questions if you don’t understand. Local associations and the state association are not protecting teachers who are not cutting in the classroom. We do keep tabs on the process. We have been forced to step in on some cases where basic rights and/or DPAS guidelines were violated.

    Many inadequate teachers could have been stopped in their tracks if some administrator somewhere had stepped up and paid attention during the first three years when that person was a probationary teacher here in Delaware. Next, it takes an administrator with knowledge of the process and the commitment to take care of business and to do it fairly, efficiently, and effectively. I have worked for two such principals–who knew what to do and how to do it and exited several very challenged folks from this profession. No teacher wants to work with less than adequate teachers. No teacher wants to clean up after an ineffective teacher. It makes our jobs that much harder.

  3. Frederika Jenner says:

    Gary: You and I need to get together. Thank you for sharing these documents. They are enlightening.

    On the third slide on DPAS5B about DSEA involvement, it states:

    4/2011 DOE introduces Interim proposal for Component 5 for FY12

    6/2011 Memo from DOE formalizes proposal. DSEA responds.
    The actual memo was dated in May. I am looking at it right now. Yeah, DSEA responded–they filed a strong letter of objection to three of the main points of the Component 5 proposal. The letter was authored by Diane Donohue, previous President of DSEA. Letter was dated June 16th.

    9/2011 DSEA and DOE reach agreement on how summative ratings are to be determined in the Interim year (FY12)
    DSEA folks, including Ms. Donohue, met during the summer to discuss the plan, to register their concerns, to try to get some concessions. This is second-hand information–I did not start as DSEA President until September 1. In September, we did reach an “agreement” of sorts. We recognized that the original DOE plan for the Interim year did not align with the plan for the following year, went beyond what was required by the federal DOE review of the initial plan, created unnecessary vulnerability for many teachers, would force some teachers into an Improvement plan when student test results did not pan out and would lead said teachers to what is known as “a pattern of ineffective teaching” when they may have been doing OK except for the student test results piece. A pattern of ineffective teaching leads to dismissal. We asked DOE to dial some of this back.

    • Wolfe Gary says:

      I welcome a chance to get together as I’ve met with my own district folks to better understand. I have my email on the site or you can find my phone number on the Milford website.

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