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Do not read too much into these report cards

August 22, 2013

LISBON — Anyone looking for the new state report card system to provide a clear way to compare school districts will have to wait until 2015....

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:36 AM

Rise Up! Final Creative and athletic abilities are not always equal—it’s politically acceptable for me to say that. I am below grade level at playing baseball—that must be the fault of my parents, my teachers, or society. When will federal and state lawmakers accept that people who learn differently are not necessarily disabled or inferior? When will our educational leaders have the courage to say it, publically, and to stand up to lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Education and state Boards of Education? When will we refuse to do harm to some by attempting to make everyone contort to the academic mold of success that is pre-determined by “experts?” When will we admit that success does not demand a 4-year college degree of everyone, especially not at the same age? If we face some of these truths, perhaps we can begin to see true value added to young lives and our country. Are we Excellent with Distinction, or Mediocre Headed for Extinction in our public education system?

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:31 AM

Rise Up! Part V Academic skills are often best taught through the context of the real world hands-on application of those academic skills. For example, at the middle and high school levels, we can ask essential questions to facilitate learning-- What career are you considering? How will you be required to use reading, writing, math, science, technology? How might these requirements change as technological advancements develop? How can a student learn these skills and show that he or she is making progress toward attaining the ever-changing needed skills? There is more than one way.We are spending so much time focused on the academics required for passing tests that we are not enabling students to discover and develop their gifts in other areas, and the world needs those gifts—they are not of “lesser value” as is commonly accepted.No one wants to admit that intellectual ability is not always equal—it’s a fact.Could that be a reason why some students didn’t perform “at grade level?&

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:18 AM

Rise Up! Part 4 Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) have become beaurocratic legal documents that are keeping attorneys employed, but wasting the precious time and energy of teachers, specialists, and others who should be working with students. Many students are learning NOT to be INDEPENDENT, but are being sent an unspoken message that they will not be successful no matter how hard they work because they can’t pass a test, or part of a test. They are also being taught that they are not accountable for their own learning and behavior. The laws and regulations are not creating equality of opportunity, but robbing young people of self-worth and dignity by making them feel they have nothing to contribute to society, and that they are incapable of learning self-control or developing internal motivation. The country is starved for a well-trained and capable work force because the message being sent is that academic skills are the ONLY skills that matter.

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:13 AM

Rise Up! Part 3 We are spending so much money in our nation on special needs diagnostic testing, identification and related legal expenses when, in reality, everyone deserves to learn in the way that he or she learns best. Students need a safe home, community, and ecological environment, as well as a safe-- with EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY-- EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT-- WE ARE DISABLING MANY STUDENTS IN our PUBLIC SCHOOLS. LEARNING IS NOT one-size fits all—nor is it one AGE fits all-- standardized testing mandates and the extra funding and legal protections attached to identified special needs students are resulting in parents and schools needlessly labeling many young people as “Students with Disabilities.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects special education hires will grow 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Every student deserves an individualized education that meets his or her needs.

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:10 AM

Rise Up! (part 2) We can blame teachers, or blame unmotivated and undisciplined students, or blame uninvolved and neglectful-- or overinvolved and overindulging-- parents, or blame the deterioration of families or society, or blame too much government involvement and regulation, or too few government dollars. The list can go on and on, but the bottom line is it’s a lack of adaption to change and a lack of acceptance or accountability that is at the root. Many people suffer through and endure years of mandatory education, or drop out, and their untapped potential lies dormant while valuable skills are undeveloped-- at incalculable, economic, personal financial, and human costs.

We don’t need a diagnosis before we encourage a child to try different ways of learning and to value different TYPES of learning.

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elokaren

Aug-24-13 10:08 AM

Rise Up, Educators! (Part 1)

Can we agree that people differ in abilities and interests? Would it be political suicide for a school leader to say that? Learning differences are NOT all learning disorders—school has been a miserable experience for so many brilliant people because they learn differently from the masses--Steve Jobs, Spielberg, Einstein, Disney, to name a few.

Does it really matter whose fault it is if our educational systems are failing? Can we just stop saying, "It is what it is," when we talk about standardized testing and unrealistic expectations?

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HadEnough

Aug-24-13 8:56 AM

The article never should have been published. I agree with Jason and LisaLisa. The paper needs to publish a retraction about the article!

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Theatrefan

Aug-23-13 8:39 PM

If you click post and nothing happens, don't keep clicking; your comment will post multiple times and you can't delete them.

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Theatrefan

Aug-23-13 7:54 PM

This is an awesome example of irresponsible journalism. Only 9 of the 18 categories have grades available thus far and the averaging system used here is not accurate because some categories are weighted heavier than others. The grades will not be meaningful for two years for a variety of reasons, among them, year to year improvement (or lack thereof) in various categories. The people at state level said not to do it for a reason. That both the review and mj chose to ignore the advice is irresponsible at best, and deceptive at worst.

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Theatrefan

Aug-23-13 7:54 PM

This is an awesome example of irresponsible journalism. Only 9 of the 18 categories have grades available thus far and the averaging system used here is not accurate because some categories are weighted heavier than others. The grades will not be meaningful for two years for a variety of reasons, among them, year to year improvement (or lack thereof) in various categories. The people at state level said not to do it for a reason. That both the review and mj chose to ignore the advice is irresponsible at best, and deceptive at worst.

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Theatrefan

Aug-23-13 7:54 PM

This is an awesome example of irresponsible journalism. Only 9 of the 18 categories have grades available thus far and the averaging system used here is not accurate because some categories are weighted heavier than others. The grades will not be meaningful for two years for a variety of reasons, among them, year to year improvement (or lack thereof) in various categories. The people at state level said not to do it for a reason. That both the review and mj chose to ignore the advice is irresponsible at best, and deceptive at worst.

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Lisalisa

Aug-23-13 3:20 PM

Sooooo agree with you Jason!!!!! The journal really has it in for this town for whatever reason!!!!

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Speaknow

Aug-23-13 2:54 PM

Speakwithballot

So you are saying the teachers who teach the kids day in and day out should not be held responsible for their lack of production??? But the admin should?

In your world then how does the admin change anything? The teachers can just not teach and the bosd will change. How does this help kids.

Guess with supporters like you, those principals should start packing cause their days are few. Maybe thats why they are all new??

At some point either EP will become Crestview east or the people of EP will stop covering for their teacher friends and expect more from them.

Are the new admin "good ole boys" may want to become more involved in your community because only thesuperintedent is a guy!!! The principals are all women!! (Just checked the EP website to see who the admin was).

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Lisalisa

Aug-23-13 2:27 PM

Yes I see what you are saying ballot. Just sad that admin hands are tied because the union protects the ineffective teachers. There can be good in any organization including a union but not in this case I suppose. You are right in the the good old boy mentality tho. It can't be easy for those admin to come in and need to clean up so much of what had been done incorrectly but slid thru the cracks because it benefited certain people. But again I say what can you do to weed out the people who are not getting results when their job is protected. It's very frustrating.

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SpeakWithBallot

Aug-23-13 2:10 PM

Lisalisa, I agree that the union creates more problems than solutions for all parties involved. But, many Ohioans stand by their union beliefs.

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SpeakWithBallot

Aug-23-13 2:03 PM

Speaknow, I stated in my post, "I am not questioning the quality of the instructors. People who pursue a career in education are dedicated and hard working, but the administration should be held accountable." I am not a teacher. As in any organization, the administration is responsible for the outcome of the employees. The leadership of the schools is what I question. The "teachers that have been here for years" had to deal with the former inadequate administration. As long as the "good old boy" mentality exist in this village it will be difficult to effect change. In regards to Chief Dickey, he and his staff are doing a great job of getting rid of drugs and cleaning up the village. P.S. Though the fries at McDonalds are quite tasty, they are not a healthy food source.

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Lisalisa

Aug-23-13 1:59 PM

*can not expect miracles

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Lisalisa

Aug-23-13 1:57 PM

Speakwithballot the admin has only had a year. You can except miracles when things have been so screwed up for the past xxxxx years. Unfortunately the teachers are in a union which lets them get away with the bare minimum and still keep their jobs. I find it hard to believe anyone protected by a union has the kids best interest in mind. That being said...it's clearly not all of the teachers as we have good results as well. Sadly our kids suffer because we can't just get rid of the ineffective teacher...the union protects their job!!!

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Speaknow

Aug-23-13 12:47 PM

Speak

You must clearly be posting this from your classroom. How on earth do you blame administration?? Are they teaching the kids everyday? I'm sure they are sinking those darn teachers.

Get real..Those teachers in EP are clearly not teaching right.

Also arent all those principals new over there? Guess even if they are new they must be to blame not the teachers that have been there for years.

Why we are at it lets blame the board of education, police chief, guy who works at circle k, and the guy that hands me my fries at mcdonalds too. They are all way more to blame than those teachers.

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SpeakWithBallot

Aug-23-13 9:33 AM

I disagree with this headline. We can all see how our schools are performing by the two different charts. There were recent articles regarding EP students going to Crestview through open enrollment. If my child attended public school, I would really consider this data before making a choice where he/she would attend school. This data shows EP schools rated last with 13 (0) (chart 1), and second from last 94.3 which is a letter grade equal to 78.5%, or C+ (chart 2). I am not questioning the quality of the instructors. People who pursue a career in education are dedicated and hard working, but the administration should be held accountable.

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