People Need to Send Ms. Wysocki Flowers

 Congratulations for Having Some Guts!

People need to send Ms. Wysocki cards and flowers to congratulate her for her bravery in standing up and agreeing to have her story told.
I found the school address and phone number, and after asking, was told that private citizens are indeed allowed to do so.
She teaches at Hybla Valley Elementary School, as reported by Bill Turque in the article.
The address of the school is 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA, 22306, and the school phone number is 703-718-7000.
There are a couple of florist shops not far away:
Sun Flower Florist and The Virginia Florist.


Or you could use a different florist entirely.

No proposals of marriage, though. That would be tacky.

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm  Comments (2)  

Excellent DCPS Teacher Fired For Low Value-Added Scores — Because of Cheating?

You really need to read this article in today’s Washington Post, by Bill Turque. It describes the situation of Sarah Wysocki, a teacher at MacFarland, who was given excellent evaluations by her administrators during her second year; but since her “Value-Added” scores were low for the second year in a row, she was fired.–motivating-and-fired/2012/02/04/gIQAwzZpvR_story.html


Ms. Wysocki raises the possibility that someone cheated at Barnard, the school where a lot of her students had attended the previous year; she said that there were students who scored “advanced” in reading who could, in fact, not read at all.

Curious, I looked at the OSSE data for Barnard and found that the percentages of “advanced” students in grades 3 and 4 had what looks to me to be some rather suspicious drops from SY2009-10 to SY 2010-2011, at a school that apparently has a 70% to 80% free-or-reduced-price lunch population:

Grade 3, reading, 2010: 11% “advanced” but only 3% the next year;

Grade 4, reading, 2010: 29% “advanced”, but only 7% the next year.

Ms. Wysocki raised the accusation of cheating, but, as usual, DCPS administration put a bunch of roadblocks in the way and deliberately failed to investigate.

And naturally, Jason Kamras thinks he’s doing a peachy job and that there is nothing wrong with IMPACT or DC’s method of doing value-added computations.

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am  Comments (5)  
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