Once again the debate on quality of schools begins, and what impacts student learning. The truth of the matter is we are comparing apples to oranges. While all students take the same test; the demographics, curriculum, number of students in a school, parent involvement is all different. Then there are other factors which a student doesn't have control over, such as a disability, number of schools a student attends, and how many days absent. Let's also add home life, that can affect student learning, such as homelessness, and/or do they live in a hotel or in a house with extended family with way to many people. These tests don't just show a schools ability to teach students, but a schools ability and resources they have to help get students to overcome these challenges. Schools are now providing school based therapy, community liaisons - to help families access resources, school based health centers, snack pack (food sent home over the weekend so they have enough to eat), and much more. None of these items are measured in a school report card. The fact of the matter is schools in higher income areas than WW, have less non-school challenges to overcome than those districts with a high percentage of low income students.
I for one have stopped using the mass shredding events, and purchased my own shredder. I did two paper shredding events, in the past. The first one they shredded the paper on site, the second one they collected the paper then shredded it elsewhere. About a few months later my husband got a call from our banking, asking if he was available to meet with someone from the bank with regarding his account. Turns out someone created dummy checks, and tried to cash them in the value of close to $5000 dollars multiple times. This account we almost never wrote checks on, so we think someone got the information from a shredding event. Needless to say, we had to go through some hoops to prove it wasn't us.
This is an unfortunate accident, and one I didn't expect to happen at Winton Woods. But I can't help what to wonder what their reason for going out on rain swollen lake that was so full of mud, that you can see more then and 1 inch or two down. Maybe if the show some restraint and common sense the outcome would be different.
If I'm thinking of the same spot that you mentioned, they regularly sit laying and waiting. I have seen them sitting pretty frequently. However, it was always my understanding that if they were actively taking radar, then the needed to have their lights on.
This Saturday Bargain and Buyouts is having a customer appreciation event. They are giving away $2000.00 worth of free furniture to 4 customers. Must register in advance. They will also be having Food Trucks at the store. http://bargainsandbuyouts.com/register/register.html
As wrong as this is, it unfortunately happens more than you think. My husband was laid off from his job due to a reduction in force after a company merger had occurred. In his final days with the company he went were ever they told him, and did what ever he asked. Months later, he found out that a manager was "bad mouthing" him, and he never even worked for the manager. Another occurrence of lack of morals....My husband filled out an assessment, one of the questions was "If a co-worker turned in his two weeks notice, and mentioned to you that he didn't plan on working the entire two weeks, would you tell your boss." My husband said no, and guess what he didn't pass the assessment. They only want people who will have their back, even when they skewed up, that want someone who will act as a mole. There is no morals in the work force anymore. Bossess and administrators think they can do what ever they want, because they can just hire someone else.
To fully understand this you have to know what each score measures, and means---- Indicator Met - This is the percentage student who passed the AIR Test, and the Percent of test populations who met the target. The target used to be 75% when it was the old state proficiency test. Now you are considered having Met the Indicator if the percentage of students who passed is above the state average. So in essence the target is always changing. Performance Index - Is points given on the report card for the number of students who test scores fall in the following categories - Advance, Accelerated, Proficient, Basic and Limited. You get points for Advance and Accelerated, and lose points for Basic and Limited. I personally believe that a schools demographics have a large influence on this. Graduation Rate - self- explanatory Value Added - This goes all they way back to "No Child Left Behind" where the goal was that all students would pass reading and math tests. Again this is a moving target it started at 75% and I believe it is now 92%. That means that all students in the following sub-groups who are African American, Economically Disadvantage, on an IEP, ESL.... ect have to met the target. Again it's another moving target. The next set of scores, AMO is based on student growth...When a student takes the test in 3rd grade the score they get is linked to a percentile ranking. They are ranked against all other 3rd graders in the state. A student is considered to show growth if they keep or grow that percentile ranking. So if a 3rd grader takes the test and scores at the 50th percentile, they have to keep scoring at the 50th percentile or above. * For gifted if a student scores in the 99th percentile they have to keep scoring at the 99th percentile to be considered as a kids who showed growth. This is one of the harderst areas for a district to show growth. * For lowest 20th percent - the state decided that they are going to track the scores of our lowest scoring students. This can include students with multiple disabilities and/or a intellectual disability. * SWD - Students with Disabilities: Again this included all students who has an IEP. When a student have more than 1 disability - for Example the student is ADHD with a Learning disability and receives services for Speech and Language and occupational therapy, there growth may not be measurable by just a test score. * AMO - this is again tracking student in the different sub-groups, and whether or not they showed growth. So something to think about a minority student who is economically disadvantage, and on an IEP, score will count 3 separate times in this rating. K-3 Literacy - this is the measure of the number of student who passed the 3rd grade reading. There is about 10-12 different ways that can exempt a student from the 3rd grade guarantee consequences.
The crazy part about the data in a school report card is that it reports the same data multiple ways. So an under performing school ends up a with a really negative reports. The other thing is that the data in the report card is for the most part no longer valid to a district, as the kids are constantly changing.
Hopefully I brought meaning to understanding what this all means.
Freddy's Steakburgers and Frozen Custard opens tomorrow, at 10:30. They serve variety of hamburgers, patty melts, and Chicago style hot dogs. The frozen custards is smooth and creamy. Taste more like ice cream than custards. We tried it today at their friends and family event and I would say it's worth going to.
I have a snare drum set for Sale $100.00 firm in very good condition. It includes drum, backpack style case, stand, multiple drum sticks and drum brushes. Nice drum for someone just learning how to play the drum.