Public education superintendent: Wait till next season

Losing sports teams are wont to declare: Wait next season.

Losing education systems are not much different.

After Education Week’s 2018 Quality Counts report ranked Nevada dead last in education quality, behind all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero proffered in a press release: “Nevada’s poor rating in School Finance doesn’t take into account the new programs that were created in the 2015 session that received $343 million in funding. The 2017 Legislature added an additional $152 million to programs that were created in 2015. The new education initiatives funded by the legislature that the Quality Counts report doesn’t take into account include Zoom schools for English learners; Victory Schools for high poverty, Read by Grade 3, Nevada Ready 21 for technology education, Great Teaching and Leading Fund; Underperforming Turnaround Program, Career and Technical Education, and the College and Career Ready Grant.”

In 2017, when Nevada also ranked dead last, Canavero said, “I don’t dispute the findings, but the investments and reforms that were put forward by Governor Sandoval and passed by the Legislature in 2015 have only begun to take root and are not fully measured by this report. If carried out with fidelity and with a focus on student outcomes we believe Nevada can be the fastest improving state in the nation.”

I seem to recall that back in 2015 they were talking about those Zoom schools for English learners. At the time Nevada ranked 50th in the nation.

In fact, the so-called Zoom Schools for English learners that the governor then planned to spend $100 million on had not succeeded in Clark County, which spent nearly $40 million on 14 Zoom Schools and not one of them improved in the statewide academic five-star ranking. Four actually lost a star.

The Read by Grade 3 program is not yet being enforced. The Las Vegas newspaper reported in October that data compiled by the state Department of Education indicated only 43 percent of the schools that received grants to help struggling students improve their reading actually bettered their test scores in third grade, while the majority showed a decline.

If the law were in place, the paper reported, about 55 percent of third-grade students would be in danger of being held back.

But wait till next season.

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24 comments on “Public education superintendent: Wait till next season

  1. Steve says:

    Something being missed in this mix of “education, you only get out what you put in” malarky is the kids themselves.
    It doesn’t matter how much money we put in if the kids aren’t willing to do the work it takes to achieve the results we all want.
    Those who do the work, all seem to do very well. And this is under the present system, with all of it’s supposed shortfalls.

  2. Bill says:

    And Steve, it has always been thus. You have to have engaged students and engaged parents and make education relevant to them. If you have those things, you don’t have to have multi-million dollar classrooms and multimillion dollar “programs” designed by professional “educator” bureaucrats.

    Teach kids to read and write and teach them skills with which to earn a living. K-12 should not all be about preparing all children for college. How many high schools do you know today that have much, if any vocational training.

  3. Athos says:

    I wonder if we can get Bernie Madoff at a discount to be superintendent of our school.

  4. Bill Shuster says:

    “Wait till next year, we are moving ahead in leaps ans bounds”! When you are on the bottom just staying status quo is moving ahead! I agree with Steve, “if the students and the parents aren’t motivated to do better, they never will”.
    Throwing good money after bad money will never get better education! Graduating seniors today don’t have a 6th grade school education of the 50’s and 60’s. The “dumbing down” of our students is obvious to anyone that listens to graduates, here and most other places. Our school boards need to set their sights on what the #1 state is and duplicate it here. No more money for anyone in the school district until results are seen , excluding the janitors and maintenance persons! They are the only ones that are doing their jobs.

  5. Steve says:

    The flip side of my post is, there will always be some who simply will not try. Some who simply insist on trying to “skate” through life.
    Sadly, as people get older and begin to see what they can “get”, entitlement programs only encourage them to continue “skating away”

  6. Anonymous says:

    “Graduating seniors today don’t have a 6th grade school education of the 50’s and 60’s.” Hmmmm…their education could possibly be inferior, but somehow, the students of today outscore their 1960’s counterparts handily on IQ tests. You might want to look up the Flynn effect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect

    Seems that student IQ scores have risen by about 3 points per decade since the 1930’s in a linear progression that shows no signs of slowing so far, such that a person scoring 100 on a 1932 IQ test would score only 80 today. In light of this, I don’t think it’s fair to demean the students of today without objective evidence.

  7. Anonymous says:

    While I agree that parental and student motivation are essential to good education, merely blaming parents and the children is likely to be counterproductive. In addition, anyone who has had a few really good and really bad teachers knows that their skill and dedication is equally essential.

    I think most of us would also agree that it’s a lot harder for a student of a typical inner city school to do well than one living in a well to do suburb, at least partially because of more motivated parents, but I also think the atmosphere for learning in some of the worst schools is pretty awful. With that in mind, I propose introducing maggot (not magnet) schools. Take the really disruptive students and temporarily send them to schools with zero tolerance for shenanigans of any kind, with armed security guards and time outs (otherwise known as solitary) and no phys ed or recess. The cafeteria food should also be less than tasty. The maggots may not learn much in that environment, but at least they won’t be able to sabotage the learning of the good kids. It would also motivate the other students not to emulate the troublemakers when they see them sent away to the nearest stalag.

  8. Rincon says:

    Anonymous is me for what it’s worth. BTW, 2017 is officially the hottest or second hottest year since 1900 depending on who’s measuring, and the 5 hottest years on record have all been since 2010. What was that again about global warming having stopped? https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/2017-was-one-hottest-years-record-nasa-says-ncna838776

  9. Steve says:

    IQ is a measure of potential and does not indicate any educational outcome or level of intelligence. Don’t conflate IQ with education or intelligence.

    With all the money being thrown at public education, perhaps it is time to stop “merely” throwing money at public education.

    Maggot schools….you should know “The Donald” was sent to military school because he was “really disruptive”
    Considering the result of his (self requested) cognitive test, he is a good example for your proposal.
    Not so sure you would like it, though.

    Global warming again…yup. The atmosphere is warming and humans are a part of it, care to detail exactly how much a part humans are?

  10. Why are no headlines reporting that 2017 was cooler than 2016?

  11. Steve says:

    Earth’s orbit expands by about 1.5 cm annually.
    No one worries about that, but a 1.5cm rise of average ocean level is totally devastating!

    We are moving away from the sun, we better do something about it!
    Now, before it’s too late!
    Maybe we should do something to keep the planet warm as we slowly drift away from our solar heat source!

    Nevermind, neither issue is going to end life as we know it….carry one and enjoy watching your 401k / IRA gains!

  12. Rincon says:

    From my NASA article: “Global surface temperatures last year were the second hottest since 1880, according to an analysis by scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Average temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average between 1951 and 1980, the year global temperature measurements became possible.

    Only 2016 was warmer, according to NASA.”

    Can’t slip one past you, Thomas. Global warming must be over.

  13. Rincon says:

    “Earth’s orbit expands by about 1.5 cm annually.
    No one worries about that, but a 1.5cm rise of average ocean level is totally devastating!”

    I’m not sure where you got the 1.5 cm figure. According to Wikipedia, the oceans are rising at about 3.2 mm/year, but you aren’t making sense anyway. Using the same logic as you, a 29,000 foot change in the diameter of the Earth’s orbitwould be just as deadly as a 29,000 rise in sea level. I’m pretty sure one is a touch more survivable than the other.

  14. Steve says:

    Rincon, get a sense of humor.

  15. Rincon says:

    That was supposed to be funny? Sorry, somehow I missed it.

  16. Steve says:

    Modern liberals are the most anthropomorphically humor challenged of all.

  17. Bill says:

    It is interesting to see how a discussion on education morphed into a discussion on climate change. Perhaps the original discussion on education became to hot for some. Steve “Anthropomorphically” sent me to my dictionary.

    For the humorous challenged, I am merely poking some gentle fun.

  18. Steve says:

    Ted Geisel knew what he was talking about.

  19. Rincon says:

    Calling me anthromorphically humor challenged is a personal attack, so stop with the passive aggression. At least your former aggression was honest, if ugly. Our history makes it difficult for me to have a sense of humor, so don’t bother. Go ahead and call me whatever name you prefer. You can, as usual, have the last word.

  20. Athos says:

    Rinny, if you can’t learn to laugh at yourself, you’re going to develop ulcers.

    Don’t let Algore give you ulcers. He a quack and just not worth it!

  21. Rincon says:

    Hard to laugh when someone’s digging into your side. You’ve missed much of the history I referred to.

  22. Steve says:

    Self inflicted “wounds” are hard to make with words….sticks and stones, however.

    You only bring what you bring.

  23. deleted says:

    In an effort to bring this back to the subject of Thomas’ article, I offer this tribute to the conservative “solution” to public education.

    Brace yourselves.

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/01/the-gops-biggest-charter-school-experiment-just-imploded/

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