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School accountability panel eyes new goals

Saralyn Barkley, elementary curriculum supervisor, standing, leads a discussion by the Instructional Services and Accountability Committee on Title IIA, a federal grant program intended to increase academic achievement by improving the quality of teachers and principals.

Saralyn Barkley, elementary curriculum supervisor, standing, leads a discussion by the Instructional Services and Accountability Committee on Title IIA, a federal grant program intended to increase academic achievement by improving the quality of teachers and principals.

ALBANY — The Instructional Services and Accountability Committee of the Dougherty County Board of Education met Friday at the School Administration Building to discuss upcoming performance goals for teachers.

The committee discussed at length the federal Title IIA grant and goals set forth by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for its use. According to federal definition, the purpose of the Title IIA program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality.

The description states that the program is to be carried out by increasing the number of “highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools, and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

According to Dianne Daniels, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, while “highly qualified” does not necessarily require an advanced educational degree, it does require the teacher or principal to meet the requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Daniels said it is the goal of the Dougherty County School System that all of the system’s teachers be rated as highly qualified.

Before the Title IIA discussion led by Saralyn Barkley, elementary curriculum supervisor, members of the committee were given printouts of the GPSC standards concerning Title IIA grant pertaining to “Recruitment, Induction, and Retention of High Quality Teachers and Principals.”

The GPSC guide and the corresponding committee discussion addressed topics such as “performance indicators” for educators, LEA plans, “equity goals” for minority children, priority of funding to specific schools, and class sizes, recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators.

According to Dougherty School Board member, Darrel Elum, a big part of the committee’s purpose Friday was to review guidelines pertinent to the College and Career Ready Performance Index, put forth by John Barge, Georgia school superintendent.

“There are some real problems with the existing No Child Left Behind educational system,” Elum said, “and now that the (CRPI) has been approved, we don’t have to follow those rules.”

Elum said the Obama administration recognized the shortcomings of the No Child Left Behind Act — the educational “law of the land” — and had put it to individual states to find a federally acceptable alternative. Georgia is one of only a “few states” to have earned a waiver from NCLB, Elum said.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

The Title IIA program is to increase academic achievement BY IMPROVING TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL QUALITY

The program is to be carried out by INCREASING the number OF “HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS; INCREASING THE NUMBER OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS IN SCHOOLS”.

GPSC has standards concerning Title IIA grant pertaining to “Recruitment, Induction, and Retention of High Quality Teachers and Principals.”

Finally a statement from DCSS about improving the quality of Teachers. Daniels said

"It is the goal of the Dougherty County School System that all of the system’s teachers be rated as highly qualified.

GPSC put their standards in writing NOW will DCSS do the same or just continue the lip service?

The time has come for the citizens of DoCo to demand our children be given the best opportunity possible for a HIGH Quality Education.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

The time has come for the citizens of DoCo to hold the parents & children accountable and then will learning advance to high levels.

Now is the time for he citizens to walk the talk, get involved, put up or shut up. Volunteer your gifts and talent.

Give Dr. Murfree a chance, get to know him.

Bubavet_rureel

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 7 months ago

Educating children is a 24/7 job, not something that happens just from 8:00 until 4:00. A good education is available at every DCSS school, but receiving a good education requires effort from the student, and encouragement and involvement from the parent.

I realize the funds are earmarked, but funding additional student programs and parental outreach programs would do more to improve educational achievement than attempting to attract better teachers. Teachers aren't the problem (Yes. I know a few teachers cheated on the CRCT, but no one has ever questioned their ability to teach). Kids need encouragement and positive environments that place an importance on education. If parents aren't up to the task, we need to expose the kids to adults who are.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

Well said PatricikY2K, positive solutions is what we need.

You can be Bubbavet_rureel friend.

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Sally_O 2 years, 7 months ago

Not going to happen. Albany has too many welfare parents who don't give a crap about whether their children learn or not, their children's only purpose of being there is to draw that welfare check. The only education their kids will get is thugonomics...... and jail time, prison and/or cemetary is waiting for them on deck. However Kudos to those that do try to make a difference and something out of their lives.

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dingleberry 2 years, 7 months ago

In Aug 2007, didn't we fund a program for $294,375 that was supposed to improve parental involvement through a "character building" initiative or something similar? I think the below info from the Americus Sumter Observer applies:

"The Dougherty County Schools also use the on-line Data Collection and Measuring System developed by "I Care" to track and report the level of parent participation, character development and community involvement monthly for each student, classroom, school and the district. This a particularly important and efficient feature that allows the School System to meet reporting guidelines for Title I funding that supports critical curriculum improvements, including parental involvement."
"The unique "I Care" parent involvement and character building program was developed by Georgia educators in 1995. "I Care" Products & Services curricula are used in over 1,000 schools in 36 states, including schools on Indian Reservations in 5 western states. Dougherty County began implementing the "I Care" Curricula in 2006 at Monroe High School; they are now used in all Dougherty County Schools." And from one of the DCSS schools:

A positive step taken earlier, DCSS has been claiming success for years under the program. What do you think? I

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whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

Darn. Once again, we have been scammed! Why do we keep letting this happen? The BOE bought it and all others walk lock-step to say "everything is beautiful" on the yellow brick road.

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dingleberry 2 years, 7 months ago

We liked 'em so much we gave them another shot at the treasury for $10k in federal money in 2011. Keep on keeping on as "they" say.

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whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

On the subj of qualifications, wasn't Dianne Daniels one of the folks fired by the BOE and rehired when two of the Fab Four returned for the next meeting?

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

It is so nice that Pat and Bub want to deflect the blame from the Quality of Teachers to blaming the low quality parents. Pat if Teachers are NOT the problems why don’t we have more outstanding students like the award winning students from Westover? Are those parents the only parents that want a better education for their children? Granted education should be done 24/7 but sadly with the number of poorly educated parents the children’s futures depend greatly on the direction and encouragement of teachers. Teachers who do not provide the basis for a good education and cheat so a child shows a better grade are cheating that child out of a chance at a better life. Teachers are not the total problem but they should be the ROCK that students can build on. Build your house upon a ROCK and it will stand, build your house upon sand and it will fail. Or in the wise words of another

Kids need encouragement and positive environments that place an importance on education. If parents aren't up to the task, we need to expose the kids to adults who are.

I say those adults should be HIGH Quality TEACHERS not teachers who lie, cheat, and steal from kids because they too are not up to the task. GPSC sets standards to “Recruitment, Induction, and Retention of High Quality Teachers and Principals.” Which is a nice way of saying you don’t need low quality people trying to LEAD your children.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 7 months ago

Teachers have their students less than one-third of the day, and far less than half the days in a calendar year. Who has more impact on a child that a parent? It isn't the responsibility of the parent to teach the child, but the child will mirror the parent's attitude towards education.

It is possible for a blue-collar parent to raise a while-collar child with encouragement, stressing the importance of education. Teachers can preach the importance of education until they're blue in the face, but if parents aren't doing the same, then the student in content to "get by", and education is likely to end with a high school diploma.

...but you keep blaming the quality of the teachers. Throw more money at the problem, and I'm sure it will go away.

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dingleberry 2 years, 7 months ago

If the problems were all attributable to the teachers or all to the parents, it would be more understandable. But it'snot that simple. If a child isn't interested in making an effort to learn, perhaps neither teachers nor parents can make it happen--no silver bullet.

Years ago, I was told that the big difference in private and public education was the learning environment with discipline being a key element.. For a number of reasons involving educators, parents, government, laws, and lawyers, we don't seem to have discipline anymore. Until we do, nothing will change.

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Sally_O 2 years, 7 months ago

Once again as I stated earlier, too many welfare parents who doesn't give a rat's @$$ about their kids, if the kids are going to do the right thing, they are going to have to do it on their own or with the teachers help, because their parents don't care. They grew up on welfare without an education, and they expect their kids to do the same.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 7 months ago

The education of a child begins in the womb, long before he/she ever sets foot into a school. For the kids of involved parents (regardless race or income), they are exposed to more places, books, and words than kids of uninvolved parents. This exposure, or lack there of, is the beginning of the achievement gap. By the time some kids step foot into preschool, they are already proficient in reading and numeracy. Other students do not know their letters or numbers. This gap in achievement widens over the years. True, some students can overcome this gap, but many become discouraged and further disengage in the educational process. This is why we continue to have the problems with education, it is equal to trying to fix a plane a mid air.

I have not done any official research on this, but I would say the value and quality of a school would have a .8 or higher correlation to the value and commitment towards education of the parents of the students attending that school.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 6 months ago

I would stipulate to your statement with this modification: "The education of a child begins in the vagina............" Why would I phrase it this way? Because that's when the mother decides to have the child and the father decides if he is going to be a part of the child's life going forward. The #1 Causal REASON for poverty in the USA is single-parent homes headed by females. They are trapped with very little hope....meanwhile the Father is back on the hunt for more gullible females.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

Pat let me try this again. I agree teachers have limited time with kids. But where kids have parents with little or no interest in the kind of education the kids get, then teachers are the LAST hope of changing a kid’s future.

Yes it is possible with support from parents for children to do better than their parents. Teachers can preach the importance but unless she cares about the students and inspires the kids they are just more adults trying to boss them around. Sadly we have a few who don’t even bother to preach let alone try to lead the kids.

I have never said a poor education is solely to blame on poor quality teachers. Let’s face it with a poor quality teacher the child is more likely to receive a lower education and achieve less. BUT with a higher quality teacher the odds are greatly increased that same child will do better despite other negatives they may face. A quality teacher is not some magical cure all for all students but on the other hand poor quality teachers are a handicap to every student they touch. If you saw a child drowning would you be just as content to throw a small light weight rope or would you use the bigger stronger rope to save him. They are both ropes one might or might not get the job done while the other one would without a doubt.

Make no mistake I am not attaching the quality of ALL teachers just only a FEW who choose to use the lightest weight rope they can to get by with and they have drown a few kids alone the way.

I have not call to throw more money at the problem just use the money we pay poor quality to pay higher quality teachers. If you want a lush green yard you dig out the weeds ..that is all I am asking for remove the weeds and keep the high quality stuff and add more quality to what we already have.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 7 months ago

If every teacher in Albany were GREAT. I mean the best teachers since Mary McCloud Bethume. I doubt if you would see that much improvement in academic achievement. The problem with poor academic performance is not isolated to Albany, it is nationwide. This tells me, the problem is not isolated to a few bad teachers and won't be solved by putting "Good" teachers in the classroom. Sure it would help, but to what extent is debatable.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

It takes a village of positive supporters, not negative haters like we know who.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

Bud can’t grasp the idea of someone wanting others to do better in life because he has to blame that same someone for his own lot in life.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

Falcon I love your excuses. You Doubt (but are only guessing) the Best teachers would NOT make a difference. But why not at least remove the bad and replace with the Best and we can see. If it does not improve what have we lost ...a few bad teachers....but O CRAP what if it does work who would you thank for trying, surely not me ...cause as Bub says I am just a hater....I realize because of his limited education that is the only reply he can come up ....Nothing to do with I am wanting better for kids of all races. People like Bud can’t grasp the idea of someone wanting others to do better in life because he has to blame that same someone for his own lot in life.
I understand your lack of hope for Albany’s children because you see poor academic performance all over America but I am not willing to throw in the towel and hope we can work together to help our kids be prepared to build a better America. Don’t give up hope because of people like Bub and Coach who believe Race MUST define everything. Ignorance is perpetuated and used as an anchor to hold people down. Education is the only way up and out.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

Who are you to evaluate the teachers, have you ever worked with all of the accussed? You mention race, it must be in your thoughtst, what about the other areas you pay taxes in, have you held them to the same standards, please think with your heart before you respond.

You have formed an opinion about me, I have been positive, I asked you to be my friend, I admit, I have called your attention to some questionable comments, do you have facts are you speculating, pre-judging, talking negative about, lying on, mistreating teachers, whom you dislack. Read the know child left behind failed policies, we must be fair and practical. Change and hope is coming!

I will try and teach you positive 101, keep it coming.

Bubbavet_rureel, will you be my ___, can you do that?

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 6 months ago

Bub's Honor Roll

Westtown Elementary Alleged behavior Alene Pringle - Principal Directed and allowed cheating Gloria Mosely Changed answers Adrienne Savage Gave students answers Jackson Heights Elementary Lazonia Brown - Principal Directed and participated in cheating Tanza Sutton Assisted in cheating Robert Bowman Assisted in cheating Tinisha Ford Assisted in cheating Rita Akiyode Assisted in cheating Vernell Lowther Assisted in cheating Valerie West Assisted in cheating Northside Elementary Angela Shumate - Principal Knew about and sanctioned cheating; pled 5th Tiffany Randle Prompted students Tia Ford Prompted students Vanessa Dubose Prompted students Martin Luther King Jr., Elementary Carolyn Scott - Principal Failed to ensure ethical administration of the test; pled 5th David Adams - Asst. Principal Failed to ensure ethical administration of the test Gracie Farrey Prompted students Tara Mallard Prompted students Jennifer Smith Prompted students Scott Reese Altered attendance records Juanita Reese Altered attendance records Turner Elementary Linda Gail Solomon - Principal Failed to properly monitor and execute the tests Lavonda Jolivette Participated in cheating Fatima Jackson Participated in cheating Nikki Lyons Participated in cheating Diana Onyenwoke Participated in cheating Rosita Oliver Participated in cheating Alice Coachman Elementary Patricia Victor - Principal No evidence of wrongdoing, but utlimately responsible. Trina Faulkner Participated in cheating Deborah Anderson Participated in cheating Lisa Bardge Participated in cheating Debra Warren Participated in cheating Angelina Allen Participated in cheating Elicia Evans Participated in cheating Morningside Elementary Jose Roquemore - Principal Directed teachers to alter grades and coerced or intimated them. Sherwood Acres Elementary Eva Robinson - Principal No evidence of cheating but ultimately responsible Alberta Wallace Prompted students to change answers Tekeela Austin Assisted students Katrice Kegler Assisted students Marguerite Williams Assisted students Betty Phelps Assisted students Lamar Reese Elementary Valerie Thomas - Principal No evidence but ultimately responsible Sylvester Road Elementary Deborah Jones - Principal No evidence of cheating but ultimately responsible Beverly Knighton-Harris Prompted students to change answers Deborah Flood Likely cheated on 2009 and 2010 CRCT Radium Springs Elementary Linda Gail Griffin - Principal No evidence of cheating but ultimately responsible.

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