San Diego Unified Board of Education, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten
Here are some interesting articles we received and discovered this past week…
NCAA and Credit Recovery
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The NCAA cares a great deal about college readiness, access, and success. As we work to stay current on trends and issues in education, one of our greatest challenges is maintaining an open mind to innovation in the field of education, while also guarding against propensities for shortcuts. Nowhere is this more difficult than with online learning and credit recovery (CR).
The NCAA first became aware of CR programs in 2008, when students’ transcripts showed failing grades replaced with A’s, often with course titles that included a specific designation such as “CR.” We also observed transcripts where D’s and C’s were replaced with A’s—showing that credit recovery programs are used not only to recover credits, but also to earn higher grades. As we collected more data about these courses, we discovered students receiving grades and credits for a semester’s worth of work — sometimes even an entire year’s worth of work—in a matter of days, sometimes hours, and in a small number of cases just minutes. In a common example, one student received a year’s worth of credit and an A-minus after completing a credit recovery biology course in four hours and thirty-six minutes over a two-day period. The most egregious case was a student who earned a semester’s worth of credit and an A for credit recovery Algebra 1 after completing a single assessment with a course completion time of one minute.
Other documentation showed these programs often had little or no instruction and shockingly low levels of rigor:
- One credit recovery program allowed students to repeat incorrectly answered true/false questions and still earn 80 percent for that item.
- A geometry assessment asked students the following true/false questions: “A dog has four legs” and “A cat has ten lives.”
- A computer-graded assessment in an English 3 credit recovery course deemed the following prompt and student response as “Correct.”
- Prompt: Describe a brief encounter that you have experienced in the last month and explain whether it made you feel good or bad.
- Student response: “i was playing basketball and this kid fouled me really hard and cut my finger I was so mad that once i got the ball again i dunked so hard that i made the cut worse. It made me feel bad cause now i can’t play for a week” [sic].
District Deeds Synopsis:
This article is very good at showing the types of shortcuts used by many school districts, including the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), to provide the credits needed to improperly pump up graduation rates.
A key phrase in the article clearly shows the outcome of this unethical credit recovery (CR) practice by SDUSD:
Since 2010, we have reviewed thousands of credit recovery and other online schools and programs. And while we have approved many of those programs, most commonly those focused on original credit coursework, the overwhelming majority of credit recovery programs fail to provide students the academic foundation for successful completion of academic work at the four-year-college level.
Lucky for the graduation rate hungry SDUSD leadership (and unfortunate for all Parents and Students) there is no tracking for how many of SDUSD graduates start college by having to take remedial math and english classes and ultimately drop out of college because they cannot keep up with the rigorous college curriculum.
Most Parents trust the SDUSD…they believe that if their child is falling behind to graduate with their class it must be OK to take the SDUSD shortcut to graduation…the CR classes. It’s only when their child enters college or tries to keep a job that they find out they have been scammed by the SDUSD as we we described in “REALLY RICHARD?!? Exposing Ridiculous SDUSD Trustee President Barrera Grad Rate Con Job!”
We warn all SDUSD Parents that have their kids in CR…verify ALL the suggestions described by the NCAA in the article are being followed at your school site, and if not, make the school follow them for your child’s educational sake.
It’s a tough decision but, at the worst, it is better to graduate late with an complete education than graduate on time with a useless diploma.
After $30.2 Million in Settlements, Redlands Unified Adopts Sweeping Policy Changes to Quell Teacher Sex Abuse
The policy establishes firm boundaries between employees and students
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Rocked by years of scandal and $30.2 million in legal settlements over sexual misconduct by its teachers and staff, the Redlands Unified School District has adopted sweeping reforms designed to establish firm boundaries between employees and students.
The district’s new ACT (Actions Create Trust) Now initiative, which includes 10 measures to enhance student safety and raise awareness with employees, was outlined in a letter distributed electronically Monday to all parents of students in the district. The six-page policy is the heart of a campaign that also calls for school resource officers at each high school, mandated reporter handbooks for all employees, and additional school counselors to focus on the “socio-emotional” health of students.
The new policy restricts teachers and other school district staff and volunteers from “intruding on a student’s physical and emotional boundaries unless the intrusion is necessary to serve a legitimate educational purpose.” School district staff are now precluded from, among other things:
- Touching students or initiating inappropriate physical contact without a legitimate educational purpose.
- Telling sexually charged jokes or making sexual innuendos.
- Interacting with students on social media.
- Having personal contact with students via telephone or texting (unless for legitimate educational purposes).
- Being alone with a student out of view of others.
- Singling out a particular student or students for personal attention and friendship.
- Addressing students, or allowing students to address staff, with terms of endearment or pet names.
- Exchanging personal gifts, cards or letters with an individual student.
- Transporting students in a personal vehicle in a nonemergency situation and without proper written authorization.
- Romantic flirtation, propositions or sexual remarks
- Sexual jokes, banter, innuendo, notes, stories, drawings, gestures or pictures.
“This policy addresses a range of behaviors that include not only obviously unlawful or improper interactions with students, but also boundary-blurring and grooming behaviors that undermine the professional adult/student relationship and can lead to misconduct or the appearance of impropriety,” school district Superintendent Mauricio Arellano said in his letter.
District Deeds Synopsis:
It is great to see a California school district dedicate its resources to doing everything possible to prevent Teacher sexual abuse. The article offers some extremely valuable guidelines for schools district staff to both avoid and to report if necessary.
Unfortunately many SDUSD Principals, Teachers, Staff and Parents have not been trained in what to do immediately if Teacher or other sexual abuse occurs.
District Deeds has witnessed first hand in the SDUSD:
- A Vice-Principal who attempted to investigate sexual abuse on their campus by calling a meeting between the abused student and perpetrator together to discuss the accusation.
- Multiple Principals who have instructed their “mandated reporter” staffs to come to them first with sexual abuse allegations before calling the governing authority – the City or County Police.
District Deeds Guest Writer Judy Neufeld-Fenandez wrote about this subject back in 2015 in “Child Sexual Assault at School is Preventable!”
She also wrote a 3 part series exposing SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Martens lack of action on this critical subject –
Part 3 – Questions, Answers, Solutions and Hope
Marten and the Board of Education ignored the articles and just increased the SDUSD legal defense budget to fight in court against the SDUSD families whose kids were sexually abused.
With almost 60% of SDUSD Students eligible for Free or Reduced Meals, the unethical SDUSD Superintendent and Board of Education know that many of the sexual abuse victims families cannot afford to fight them in court.
This could put the SDUSD sexual abuse strategy right up there with the Tobacco Company lies and the Ford Pinto.
Could it be that it is cheaper to fight all the sexual abuse claims in court, knowing that only 40% of the SDUSD families can afford a lawyer rather than to change and enforce a strong sexual abuse preventions standards and implement a costly training for all 16,000 SDUSD employees?
You be the judge!
10 Things Everyone Should Know About Today’s Students and Digital Learning
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Technology has changed the way learning takes place in today’s education. Unlike the past where learning computers was a lesson among other lessons, digital technology is currently a classroom tool that enables students to study just any subject. It has also helped tutors to develop more interactive classes and engage the students in the running processes. Here are ten things that everyone should know about today’s students and digital learning.
- The Line Between Formal And Informal Learning Is Blurring
There is now little difference between formal and informal learning. Digital learning has opened other forms of learning such as the use of interactive games and animation, which were only found in informal setups, into the classroom.
- There Is Erosion On Cognitive Thinking
Cognitive thinking calls for analyzing information to deduce the correct answer. However, since the information is now readily available, students are not thinking hard for answers. They just hit the search button and get it. It has killed cognitive thinking skills.
District Deeds Synopsis:
We learned a lot from this article. It shows how much things have changed and the new challenges we all have to make curriculum, technology and learning make sense.
We felt the most interesting item listed was #8:
- There is increased self-directed learning
Digital learning tools have opened doors for the students to learn more than what is taught in class. Self-initiated learning, which is on the increase, has expanded the student knowledge exponentially.
Well worth reading!
Now for our Quote of the Week:
“Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information.” – Paulo Freire
Have a great week!!!
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