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Not so much

Springfield, OH

#29125 Nov 13, 2013
R U Sure wrote:
<quoted text>
Based on the recent flyer recieved in the mail, paid for by
Doug Wiedeman, private citizen, just asking the questions and finding the answers, The History Of PrinciPAL Ron's public
employment records have NOW proven that OUR STUDENTS are the big losers in the Malone/Maney Acts Game of dumbing down our high school curriculum, to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand.
This "offering low-level courses" lazy-minded leadership of
Ron Malone's employment as SHS principal, brings to our attention that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS NOW NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS FIRST
BEST INTEREST FROM RON MALONE'S PLAN TO RE-DEFINE THE ROLE OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, ONCE AGAIN... TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE WHOSE SKILLS ARE NOT IN DEMAND!
And that's what the Community of Blah blah blah "DEFINES" as
Respecting Our Teachers.
We can no longer afford to invest our school tax dollars in
Malone's status quo leadership...
The Time is NOW for Concerned Parents and Taxpaying Homeowners to DEMAND that school board member elect, Ron Malone, ABORT his evil plan to tear down the "Progress made by our current board and NEW school district leaders in the the past two years."
Mr. Malone, in the best interest of our Children's 21st Century Education with QUALITY teachers in every classroom...
WILL YOU PLEASE GO NOW?
I'll consider going when you start making some sense. So never.
Not so much

Springfield, OH

#29126 Nov 13, 2013
Stay Alert Voters wrote:
Based on the recent flyer recieved in the mail, paid for by
Doug Wiedeman, private citizen, just asking the questions and finding the answers, The History Of PrinciPAL Ron's public
employment records have NOW proven that OUR STUDENTS are the big losers in the Malone/Maney Acts Game of dumbing down our high school curriculum, to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand.
This "offering low-level courses" lazy-minded leadership of
Ron Malone's employment as SHS principal, brings to our attention that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS NOW NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS FIRST
BEST INTEREST FROM RON MALONE'S PLAN TO RE-DEFINE THE ROLE OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, ONCE AGAIN... TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE WHOSE SKILLS ARE NOT IN DEMAND!
And that's what the Community of Blah blah blah "DEFINES" as
Respecting Our Teachers.
We can no longer afford to invest our school tax dollars in
Malone's status quo leadership...
The Time is NOW for Concerned Parents and Taxpaying Homeowners to DEMAND that school board member elect, Ron Malone, ABORT his evil plan to tear down the "Progress made by our current board and NEW school district leaders in the the past two years."
Mr. Malone, in the best interest of our Children's 21st Century Education with QUALITY teachers in every classroom...
WILL YOU PLEASE GO NOW?
Explain to me, in five sentences or fewer, why offering low-level classes is a bad thing?
The Record Speaks

Springfield, OH

#29127 Nov 13, 2013
Not so much wrote:
<quoted text>
Explain to me, in five sentences or fewer, why offering low-level classes is a bad thing?
Sorry No Can Do in Five sentences or fewer; although it is proven that our Blah blah blah Community on this blog can answer all things with only one repetitive sentence, same old mantra even after providing every employee with raises: This board does not respect teachers.

In Ron Malone/Scott Maney language that simply means:

Let's tear down the progress made in the last two years;
and use our children's first budgeting school tax dollars to
put the re-emphasis on the Adult school employees FIRST;
leaving behind our school district's plans to invest millions in technology, curriculum, buildings, and buses.

As to Mr. Malone's belief of offering low level classes;
everything that I know about that I learned in the:
HSTW Ohio Regions Technical Assistance Visit Report
Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio
December 14-15, 2010

This is a 33 page report and is a Public Records which is available to any school district citizen, including Not So Much,
who is interested in doing their own research and learning
how the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone, held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community; AND how Ron Malone chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of HIS professional peer reviewers, HIS superiors, and his own public pronouncements.

Doing your own research means Never having to demand that others do it for you .. in five sentences or less. It is proven to me that it takes 33 pages; In addition to the lengthy 2010 Warren County Education Service Center Audit Report On SHS Program of Studies.... to prove to me that:

Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop,
making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic ROBBED RESOURCES from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.

There is no place for Mr. Malone's abusive leadership style in our board room. If Mr. Malone really cares about the future of our Students 21st Century Education and Quality Classroom Teachers for ALL students, then Mr. Malone will abort his evil plan to tear down the progress that our current board and new school superintendent and staff have made in the past two years;
and Stand Up for Students First by Stepping Down from active leadership in our schools and community.

After 41 years of PAST educational experience, it really is
time for Mr. Malone to go.

It's available to all, including, Not So Much, to engage in their own research, instead of sd b
The Record Speaks

Springfield, OH

#29128 Nov 13, 2013
Sorry No Can Do in Five sentences or fewer; although it is proven that our Blah blah blah Community on this blog can answer all things with only one repetitive sentence, same old mantra even after providing every employee with raises: This board does not respect teachers.

In Ron Malone/Scott Maney language that simply means:

Let's tear down the progress made in the last two years;
and use our children's first budgeting school tax dollars to
put the re-emphasis on the Adult school employees FIRST;
leaving behind our school district's plans to invest millions in technology, curriculum, buildings, and buses.

As to Mr. Malone's belief of offering low level classes;
everything that I know about that I learned in the:
HSTW Ohio Regions Technical Assistance Visit Report
Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio
December 14-15, 2010

This is a 33 page report and is a Public Records which is available to any school district citizen, including Not So Much,
who is interested in doing their own research and learning
how the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone, held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community; AND how Ron Malone chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of HIS professional peer reviewers, HIS superiors, and his own public pronouncements.

Doing your own research means Never having to demand that others do it for you .. in five sentences or less. It is proven to me that it takes 33 pages; In addition to the lengthy 2010 Warren County Education Service Center Audit Report On SHS Program of Studies.... to prove to me that:

Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop,
making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic ROBBED RESOURCES from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.

There is no place for Mr. Malone's abusive leadership style in our board room. If Mr. Malone really cares about the future of our Students 21st Century Education and Quality Classroom Teachers for ALL students, then Mr. Malone will abort his evil plan to tear down the progress that our current board and new school superintendent and staff have made in the past two years;
and Stand Up for Students First by Stepping Down from active leadership in our schools and community.

After 41 years of PAST educational experience, it really is
time for Mr. Malone to go.
reality

Springfield, OH

#29129 Nov 13, 2013
Not so much wrote:
<quoted text>
Explain to me, in five sentences or fewer, why offering low-level classes is a bad thing?
For students struggling in any given class and desperate enough to completely drop that class, certain elective classes tend to serve as eleventh hour go-tos.
However, a lot of these electives classes draw less than stellar enrollment.
I believe it's very apropos that you chose the term "low-level", because in many cases "low-level" accurately describes a deficient instructional ability possessed by certain teachers who are often assigned to teach such electives.
Quite Seriously

Springfield, OH

#29130 Nov 13, 2013
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Hmmm, it appears you are correct - finally. Dr. Malone put STUDENTS FIRST - unlike this current board. Sometimes change isn't a good thing - unless you are an Obama fan.
That Hmmm is the continuous buzzing sound of
seriously misguided LIES spread around our community by
the insanely popular Dr. Malone, presening himself as the
VICTIM, when all the while, engaging in Victimizing our
Students First best interest.

...Sometimes even Obama has to admit that he was wrong and apologize for misleading the people;as our President recently
said he was sorry that some Americans had lost their private insurance, even though during the campaign, our President had told the American poeple, If you are happy with your current insurance, then you will get to keep it.

How About it Mr. Malone...? No need to say you are Sorry about
your misallocation of district and taxpayer resources, that
is now a proven public record... Mr. Malone, Will you please go now?
wont get fooled again

Springfield, OH

#29131 Nov 13, 2013
R U Sure wrote:
<quoted text>
Based on the recent flyer recieved in the mail, paid for by
Doug Wiedeman, private citizen, just asking the questions and finding the answers, The History Of PrinciPAL Ron's public
employment records have NOW proven that OUR STUDENTS are the big losers in the Malone/Maney Acts Game of dumbing down our high school curriculum, to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand.
This "offering low-level courses" lazy-minded leadership of
Ron Malone's employment as SHS principal, brings to our attention that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS NOW NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS FIRST
BEST INTEREST FROM RON MALONE'S PLAN TO RE-DEFINE THE ROLE OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, ONCE AGAIN... TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE WHOSE SKILLS ARE NOT IN DEMAND!
And that's what the Community of Blah blah blah "DEFINES" as
Respecting Our Teachers.
We can no longer afford to invest our school tax dollars in
Malone's status quo leadership...
The Time is NOW for Concerned Parents and Taxpaying Homeowners to DEMAND that school board member elect, Ron Malone, ABORT his evil plan to tear down the "Progress made by our current board and NEW school district leaders in the the past two years."
Mr. Malone, in the best interest of our Children's 21st Century Education with QUALITY teachers in every classroom...
WILL YOU PLEASE GO NOW?
Regardless of the outcome Election Day, Mr. Wiedeman deserves a great deal of credit for possessing the courage, and spending the personal capital to clearly illustrate Springboro schools' Achilles heel.

Now, the $64,000 question...

Will the 2014 school board, with MSA acting as majority, pay one iota's worth of attention to the ongoing difficulties of this district's gifted and struggling students?
We all know Ron Malone as high school principal was "insanely popular" with the student body, but behind the scenes he did much to actually damage their collective futures.

Fellow Boroians! We can't let that happen again! It's no one's responsibility but OURS to ensure that Malone Suckey and Anderson will not be permitted to throw ANY of our students under the bus again!
Boro Alumni

Tipp City, OH

#29132 Nov 13, 2013
Boro Future Bright wrote:
<quoted text>
As the status quo placed awards on the school walls, many assumed that all wa well inside those walls. But the awards only measure the past, and the standards are chaning. Our schools perform well by the minimu, state standards, but "PROFICIENT" n matter how you slice it, is FAILING.
For example, the Proficient standrd for the 8th gade math Ohio Achievement Assment (OAA) ranges from 35%- 59%. Proficient is not enough. The status quo has not been enough.
The time is now to bring forward new ways of evaulating our children that no longer rely upon grading on a curve to obtain
the desired esults. Tougher, realistic standards upset the status quo, but inflated standards rob our children of true achievement and potenital.
With an innovative administration and outstanding central office staff, our school district is now employing efficiency plans.
These plans are allowing us to reallocate resources and meet district needs, including an unprecedented investment in technology and curriculum to create a 2st century learning environment for students. For the first time in years, we have clear direction. Where trust has been eroded, our innovative administration and outstanding central office staff are now
rebuilding; and will continue to work in the direction of confidence to restore integrity and trust in our schools!
You are misleading the Topix readers in your analysis of "proficient." Ohio is above the National Scores for Proficient and Advanced. Ohio has also moved up in the rankings from 2011. Please see the National Score Card:
http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_201...

Looking at Ohio specifically, students have made strides in most subjects since the 1990's. Writing and science seems to need improving the most. Moves by the current BOE to decrease Springboro's science education standards by injecting creationism and being critical of the main basis of all biology, evolutionary processes, will not help our students in these standardized scores. The current BOE receives a "BELOW BASIC" score rating in science.
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#29133 Nov 14, 2013
i seriously doubt it with steve there i grew up with steve and his dad. Tax & spend are not his way
You get what you pay for wrote:
HIGHER taxes are on their way! WADE will approve a Fire Levy in May 2014 so hold on to your hat!

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#29134 Nov 14, 2013
and you are talking like "pol" when you are on a third place team in a second rate league the usa is not a top rated country in EDUCATION and by your mention report, OHIO is not a top rated state in nation so where is the SQL BASED ?
Boro Alumni wrote:
<quoted text>
You are misleading the Topix readers in your analysis of "proficient." Ohio is above the National Scores for Proficient and Advanced. Ohio has also moved up in the rankings from 2011. Please see the National Score Card:
http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_201...
Looking at Ohio specifically, students have made strides in most subjects since the 1990's. Writing and science seems to need improving the most. Moves by the current BOE to decrease Springboro's science education standards by injecting creationism and being critical of the main basis of all biology, evolutionary processes, will not help our students in these standardized scores. The current BOE receives a "BELOW BASIC" score rating in science.
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
stinky

Dayton, OH

#29135 Nov 14, 2013
boroson54 wrote:
i seriously doubt it with steve there i grew up with steve and his dad. Tax & spend are not his way
<quoted text>
it only takes a majority...that being gabbard and wade. it was the same problem cathy anspach had.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#29136 Nov 14, 2013
Not so much wrote:
<quoted text>
The proficient standard is statewide and is more indicative of a flawed state assessment than it is a reflection of Springboro. Rather than create a more fair assessment, the state adjusted its scoring, resulting in failing being proficient. Springboro scores quite well on these tests, which will be gone soon anyway. This is a state issue, not a Springboro issue.
Springboro DOES NOT score quite well on these tests as is evidenced by the previous four years of tests results.



7th Grade OAA Math results

Year test taken.....2009-2010.....2010-2 011.....2011 - 2012.....2012 - 2013

(% Correct on Test.......... of students in each scoring band each year)

93% and above ........2..........9.......... 1..........1

85%- 92%......... 28..........25..........36.... ......34

75%- 84%......... 79..........60..........56.... ...... 77

64%- 74%......... 93..........79.......... 79.......... 108

63% and below........228..........239. ......... 211.......... 282

Pass/Fail..........114/429.... .....87/402..........101/391.. ........112/502

% Scoring 75% or >..26.50%.........21.60%... ......25.80%.........22.30%

The fact of the matter is that over the past four years, less than 1 in 4 of our children are able to score at least 75% on a basic math assessment test. These results are indicative of the level of education we are providing.

This is simply unacceptable given the quality of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and infrastructure we enjoy in this community.

Anyone who can look you square in the eye and tell you these results are good must think you are incredibly stupid and will believe anything they tell you.

Those who purport this as success do a disservice to all involved.
Waste Watchers

Springfield, OH

#29137 Nov 14, 2013
Boro Alumni wrote:
<quoted text>
You are misleading the Topix readers in your analysis of "proficient." Ohio is above the National Scores for Proficient and Advanced. Ohio has also moved up in the rankings from 2011. Please see the National Score Card:
http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_201...
Looking at Ohio specifically, students have made strides in most subjects since the 1990's. Writing and science seems to need improving the most. Moves by the current BOE to decrease Springboro's science education standards by injecting creationism and being critical of the main basis of all biology, evolutionary processes, will not help our students in these standardized scores. The current BOE receives a "BELOW BASIC" score rating in science.
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
aw, come on now...we all know the truth! It is Ron Malone and his Boro Alumni Community of Blah blah blah that are severely misleading themselves, and the community as a whole, with their
lies and deceit; using the DDN to demonize Springboro parent/board member Kelly Kohls, AND folding board members Jim Rigano and David Petroni into their OEA War of Words, attacking Springboro Taxpayers with their politics of forced unionism.

Listen Up, Boro Alumni Community of the Blah, blah, blah...

The Time Has Now Come to STOP SPREADING LIES, in your petty,
revengeful efforts to demonize and discredit the progress made in the last two years by our current board and our NEW School Superintendent and school district leaders.

Your false accusations made in your above post is mean-spiritied,
motivated by Boro Alumni Community of the Blah, blah, blah's
petty feelings of "entitlement" of Mr. Malone to continue "running" this school district in the same old status quo outdated way as it was in the Year 2000, when Mr. Malone was first employed by Springboro Taxpayers as SHS principal.

Listen Up... The time has now come to stop spreading lies, distorting the agenda of our current BOE, including this one:
"Moves by the current BOE to decrease Springboro's science education standards by injecting creationism and being critical of the main basis of all biology, evolutionary processes, will not help our students in these standardized scores."

There has been NO MOVES of this silly sort made by our current
BOE.

It is my understanding that Springboro Parent/Board Member Kelly Kohls DID gain awareness of her high school student's concern regarding the high school's required summer reading program; and
as any parent, who is actively engaged in their own child's education SHOULD do, Mrs. Kohls started asking questions about her high school student's education. It is unfortunate that concerned parents, including Kelly Kohls, who have the WILL and the SKILL to serve our school children and our community as board representative, is personally ATTACKED and DEMONIZED, simply because she voices parental concerns and ASKS questions about BOE By-laws and Policies regarding our School District Curriculum.

What a Waste of Kelly Kohls' Good Leadership... thrown out of the board room all in the name of PrinciPAL Ron's Vote for Revenge and the Boro Alumni Community of Blah blah blah Campaign AGAINST our
STUDENTS FIRST/MAINTAINING FISCAL INTEGRITY winning agenda of
our current board and new school district leaders.

Special Thanks and Appreciation should be given our BOE members,
Mrs. Kohls, Mr. Rigano, Mr. Petroni, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Kull, AND
Mr. Petrey and our NEW team of Professional Educators.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO BOTH THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY OF EMPLOYEES
AND THE COMMUNITY OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS/TAXPAYERS!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING STUDENTS FIRST!
THANK YOU FOR INCREASED PAY FOR EVERY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE!
THANK YOU FOR THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS!
THANK YOU FOR RENEWAL LEVY THAT SAVES TAXPAYERS $6.5 MILLION!
WORDS OF SUSTAINABILITY

Springfield, OH

#29138 Nov 14, 2013
Public schools serve the community. The community funds and supports public schools. The partnership between our schools and community can be described in many ways. It is a legislated relationship. It is a traditional bonding. It is symbiotic. It is real.
The Springboro school district stands in an almost unheard of position today. Even after plans to invest millions in technology, curriculum, buildings and buses, and even after providing every employee with raises, we are financially prepared to give something back to the taxpayer – to give back to our community by reducing their tax burden. The renewal levy on the ballot in November will be set at a lower millage rate to reduce taxes generated by that levy by nearly 15 percent.
With every step, we are proving that this district with its record of excellence is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. This is almost unheard of in school or local government today. The idea seems so foreign to some that there is even a call in our community to keep the renewal for the full amount.
There is an assumption that if we are cutting the taxes; we must be cutting back in our schools. This is simply FALSE. The following needs are in the current budget through 2017:
• high school busing restored
• over $2 million in text books and new adoptions
• over 2.1 million for new buses
• over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance
• over $1.5 million in technology (100% WiFi, 1,000 computers, 350 teacher laptops)
• over $7.5 million for our staff in raises and benefit changes

These are met in the five-year forecast even with the lower renewal levy. This reduction of almost 15 percent millage is equal to $1,353,800 per year that we are giving back to our community.
How is this possible?
• The May 2013 five-year forecast included a surplus of $7.55 million in 2017.
• After the approval of contracts with the teachers, classified and exempt staff, the five-year forecast still reveals a surplus of $7.2 million in 2017.
• Springboro Community City Schools will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).
• Since 2012, 2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed.
• A second pipeline is possible; however, the district’s current forecast assumptions DO NOT include the additional funding it may bring to the district.
Not only have we proven that we can live within our means, but now every person in this district—our children and families, our staff and teachers, and the taxpayers–will benefit.
This is significant when placed in the context of five failed levies that sought to raise our taxes by up to $45,000,000. Our community sent a clear message again and again that there could be no new taxes. The board—elected by that same community—remembers that we are all on the same side in the pursuit of true educational attainment. As it became clear through our due diligence into the finances of the district that we could meet our needs with less money, the board voted to request lower millage in the renewal levy in November.
If you budget $300 for a monthly car payment but you find the car you need with every option for $250, do you tell the dealer you’d still like to pay more? Of course not. We’re not selling a rundown clunker at the reduced price. We are meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings – we are putting children first. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.
Upward Tornado

Miamisburg, OH

#29139 Nov 14, 2013
Boro Alumni wrote:
<quoted text>
You are misleading the Topix readers in your analysis of "proficient." Ohio is above the National Scores for Proficient and Advanced. Ohio has also moved up in the rankings from 2011. Please see the National Score Card:
http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_201...
Looking at Ohio specifically, students have made strides in most subjects since the 1990's. Writing and science seems to need improving the most. Moves by the current BOE to decrease Springboro's science education standards by injecting creationism and being critical of the main basis of all biology, evolutionary processes, will not help our students in these standardized scores. The current BOE receives a "BELOW BASIC" score rating in science.
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
You're right about one thing, there is misleading going on about what is proficient. Except, you have it completely backwards. The real results are being hidden behind this word "proficient." Ohio considers something akin to 35% correct to be "proficient. It's hard to believe that is not considered some kind of joke. If Ohio is above national scores on proficiency I'd hate to see what the real numbers in other states are. The fact that ratings have to be dumbed down and manipulated to make schools appear far better than they really are is the real problem.
Boro Future Bright

Springfield, OH

#29140 Nov 14, 2013
wont get fooled again wrote:
<quoted text>
Regardless of the outcome Election Day, Mr. Wiedeman deserves a great deal of credit for possessing the courage, and spending the personal capital to clearly illustrate Springboro schools' Achilles heel.
Now, the $64,000 question...
Will the 2014 school board, with MSA acting as majority, pay one iota's worth of attention to the ongoing difficulties of this district's gifted and struggling students?
We all know Ron Malone as high school principal was "insanely popular" with the student body, but behind the scenes he did much to actually damage their collective futures.
Fellow Boroians! We can't let that happen again! It's no one's responsibility but OURS to ensure that Malone Suckey and Anderson will not be permitted to throw ANY of our students under the bus again!
You Betcha PrinciPAL Ron won't be allowed to throw ANY of our students under the bus again!

WE BELIEVE in order to deliver the highest level of education we must raise the bar will past the state minimums and strive to challenge our children, parents, and staff to reach higher.
We can and must do better, our children's future depends on our actions today!

WE BELIEVE, TODAY, that board member elect, Dr. Ron Malone, should DEFINE for himself, in the best interest of our Students First
Healthy Future Education, the BOARD MEMBER ROLE of Stepping Down from the BOE bully pulpit, and Standing Up For Kids.

It's Never Too Late to Elect for Yourself Doing What's Right for our School Children and Community!

SOS to Ron Malone... WILL YOU PLEASE GO NOW?
truth to power

Springfield, OH

#29141 Nov 14, 2013
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
Hmmm, it appears you are correct - finally. Dr. Malone put STUDENTS FIRST - unlike this current board. Sometimes change isn't a good thing.
As Springboro high school's pied piper principal, Dr. Malone made a habit of burning tremendous amounts of time attempting to become every students' best friend. "Seriously", please explain to us how Dr. Malone ever honestly placed Springboro students' needs "FIRST", other than continually placing our students near or at the top of his personal daily to-do list of people he felt he needed to bull####!?!

Perhaps, rather than wasting so much time administrative time (a.k.a. your tax dollar$) in his attempts to befriend as many students as possible, Dr. Ron Malone could've done Springboro high school students and students coming up behind them a collective favor by being a REAL principal for them! Instead of performing as many hallway high-fives, Malone could've been devoting a little more time and effort to some of the important things REAL PRINCIPALS do.

Y'know the old saying - In the end, it's the little things that matter most.

Little things, like Malone's abject failure in IGNORING awful deficiences in both the gifted program, as well as ignoring needs of many students who find themselves struggling.

And this is the guy we elected Nov. 5th ?
Lord, help us !!

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#29142 Nov 14, 2013
truth to power wrote:
<quoted text>
As Springboro high school's pied piper principal, Dr. Malone made a habit of burning tremendous amounts of time attempting to become every students' best friend. "Seriously", please explain to us how Dr. Malone ever honestly placed Springboro students' needs "FIRST", other than continually placing our students near or at the top of his personal daily to-do list of people he felt he needed to bull####!?!
Perhaps, rather than wasting so much time administrative time (a.k.a. your tax dollar$) in his attempts to befriend as many students as possible, Dr. Ron Malone could've done Springboro high school students and students coming up behind them a collective favor by being a REAL principal for them! Instead of performing as many hallway high-fives, Malone could've been devoting a little more time and effort to some of the important things REAL PRINCIPALS do.
Y'know the old saying - In the end, it's the little things that matter most.
Little things, like Malone's abject failure in IGNORING awful deficiences in both the gifted program, as well as ignoring needs of many students who find themselves struggling.
And this is the guy we elected Nov. 5th ?
Lord, help us !!
"we" ? you have a mouse in your pocket ? I certainly did not vote for him.
Boro Alumni

Tipp City, OH

#29143 Nov 14, 2013
Upward Tornado wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right about one thing, there is misleading going on about what is proficient. Except, you have it completely backwards. The real results are being hidden behind this word "proficient." Ohio considers something akin to 35% correct to be "proficient. It's hard to believe that is not considered some kind of joke.
WHAT DO NAEP SCORES MEAN?
By Diane Ravitch May 12, 2012
Every once in a while, a new set of test scores is released by the National Assessment Governing Board, the federal agency that supervises the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Just a few days ago, the NAEP scores for science were released for 4th and 8th grades, and once again there was woe and gnashing of teeth in the land ( http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/10/... ). The scores had improved, but not enough to satisfy the nay-sayers.
The media react with alarm every time the NAEP scores appear because only about one-third or so of students is rated “proficient.” This is supposed to be something akin to a national tragedy because presumably almost every child should be “proficient.” Remember, under No Child Left Behind, ALL students are supposed to be proficient in reading and math by the year 2014.
Since I served on NAGB for seven years, I can explain what the board’s “achievement levels” mean. There are four levels. At the top is “advanced.” Then comes “proficient.” Then “basic.” And last,“below basic.”
Advanced is truly superb performance, which is like getting an A+. Among fourth graders, 8% were advanced readers in 2011; 3% of eighth graders were advanced. In reading, these numbers have changed little in the past twenty years. In math, there has been a pretty dramatic growth in national scores over these past twenty years: the proportion of students who scored advanced in fourth grade grew from 2% in 1992 to 7% in 2011. In eighth grade, the proportion who were advanced in math grew from 3% in 1992 to 8% in 2011.
Proficient is akin to a solid A. In reading, the proportion who were proficient in fourth grade reading rose from 29% in 1992 to 34% in 2011. The proportion proficient in eighth grade also rose from 29% to 34% in those years. In math, the proportion in fourth grade who were proficient rose from 18% to 40% in the past twenty years, an absolutely astonishing improvement. In eighth grade, the proportion proficient in math went from 21% in 1992 to an amazing 35% in 2011.
Basic is akin to a B or C level performance. Good but not good enough.
And below basic is where we really need to worry. These are the students who really don’t understand math or read well at all. The proportion who are below basic has dropped steadily in both reading and math in fourth and eighth grades since 1992.
When the scores are broken out by race, you can really see dramatic progress, especially in math. In 1992, 80% of black students in fourth grade were below basic. By 2011, that proportion had dropped to 49%. Among white students in fourth grade math, the proportion below basic fell in that time period from 40% to only 16%.
The changes in reading scores are not as dramatic as in math, but they are nonetheless impressive. In fourth grade, the proportion of black students who were below basic in 1992 was 68%; by 2011, it was down to 51%. In eighth grade, the proportion of black students who were reading below basic was 55%; that had fallen to 41% by 2011.
The point here is that NAEP scores show steady and very impressive improvement over the past twenty years. Our problems are tough, but they are not intractable. The next time someone tells you that U.S. education is “failing,” or “declining,” tell them they are wrong.
Diane
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NAEP: A Flawed Benchmark Producing the Same Old Story

by James Harvey, executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable.
The latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released this week and can be summarized quickly: New NAEP numbers tell the same old story. Fourth- and eighth-grade students have inched ahead in mathematics but only about one third score at the proficient or higher level in reading.
Proficiency remains a tough nut to crack for most students, in all subjects, at all grade levels. NAEP routinely reports that only one third of American students are proficient or better, no matter the subject, the age of the students, or their grade level. But no one should be surprised.
NAEP’s benchmarks, including the proficiency standard, evolved out of a process only marginally better than throwing darts at the wall.
That’s a troubling conclusion to reach in light of the expenditure of more than a billion dollars on NAEP over 40-odd years by the U.S. Department of Education and its predecessors. For all that money, one would expect that NAEP could defend its benchmarks of Basic, Proficient, and Advanced by pointing to rock-solid studies of the validity of its benchmarks and the science underlying them. But it can’t.
Instead, NAEP and the National Assessment Governing Board that promulgated the benchmarks have spent the better part of 20 years fending off a consensus in the scientific community that the benchmarks lack validity and don’t make sense. Indeed, the science behind these benchmarks is so weak that Congress insists that every NAEP report include the following disclaimer:“NCES [National Center for Education Statistics] has determined that NAEP achievement levels should continue to be used on a trial basis and should be interpreted with caution”(emphasis added).
Proficient Doesn’t Mean Proficient
Oddly, NAEP’s definition of proficiency has little or nothing to do with proficiency as most people understand the term. NAEP experts think of NAEP’s standard as “aspirational.” In 2001, two experts associated with NAEP’s National Assessment Governing Board (Mary Lynne Bourque, staff to the governing board, and Susan Loomis, a member of the governing board) made it clear that:
“[T]he proficient achievement level does not refer to “at grade” performance. Nor is performance at the Proficient level synonymous with ‘proficiency’ in the subject. That is, students who may be considered proficient in a subject, given the common usage of the term, might not satisfy the requirements for performance at the NAEP achievement level.”
Far from supporting the NAEP “proficient” level as an appropriate benchmark for student accomplishment, many analysts endorse the NAEP “basic” level as the appropriate standard.
Only Taipei and Singapore have a significantly higher percentage of “proficient” students in eighth grade science (by the NAEP benchmark) than the United States. In math, the average performance of eighth-grade students could be classified as “proficient” in six jurisdictions: Singapore, Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, and Flemish Belgium. It seems that when average results by jurisdiction place typical students at the NAEP proficient level, the jurisdictions involved are typically wealthy — many with “tiger mothers” or histories of not enrolling low-income students or those with disabilities.

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