Mike Miles’ “Deliverables” are Due in September – Get Out Your Red Pencils!

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supe-eval-doublespeakSuperintendent Mike Miles’s performance appraisal originally scheduled for May 15, then delayed until July 15, is now promised by the end of September.

The Performance Evaluation Instrument states that the Board of Trustees has adopted a vision of becoming a “premiere urban school district”. Woo-hoo! Let the curtains rise! We ain’t just the best, we’re gonna be a movie!

The suspense is more than I can take. Like waiting for a Star Wars sequel, we need a trailer to keep the interest level up.

Keep in mind that, like box office sales, the success or failure of this evaluation has an impact on Dallas ISD and the community beyond a congratulatory headline and a feel-good edition of CAPE eNews.

The Superintendent’s contract ends in 2015. If he receives the “Maximum” performance evaluation his contract will be automatically extended to 2017. A “Proficient” rating will earn a one year extension.

On top of the Superintendent’s $300,000 salary and benefits, he is eligible for a $15-75,000 yearly performance bonus for a performance rating of Proficient or above, an up to $125,000 yearly bonus for student achievement, and a $50, 000 employment incentive that accrues until 2017 when, if he’s still here, it can be cashed in.

While we’re waiting for the release of the evaluation, both the Performance Appraisal and the Academic Achievement Incentive, let’s run a teaser; here’s the list of six major expectations the Board has for Mike Miles (pages 5 and 6 of the PDF). You be the judge, has he delivered? Keep in mind it’s not all or nothing, the scoring is Commendable (3.6 points), Exceeds (2.9), Proficient (1.9), Needs Improvement (1.3), Unsatisfactory (zip)

Guidelines say that the “criterion is scored based on the percentage of the performance”. I guess that would mean $10 million in E-Rate funds would earn a score of 1.8, which is less than Proficient, but is certainly not Zip, and oh so close to 1.9 a few trustees may fudge it out of kindness. But we don’t have even $10 million in E-Rate funds yet, so we know the score there. Trustees should remember to bring a calculator to the evaluation meeting.

Are these expectations reasonable? And was it indeed a good idea to tie compensation to these deliverables? Let us know!

Expectation #1:

The district receives a minimum of $20 million in E-Rate funds by August 30, 2013.

Technology contracts are the district’s highest dollar items after construction. Up until this year, they were all tagged as E-Rate eligible, as if we expected those funds to someday pay for them. Contracts this year have not used that terminology and are funded mostly by either General Operating Funds or Bond Funds. The district has been pretty quiet on whether or when we will get out of E-rate jail and actually receive some money. Apparently Miles doesn’t have the key.

Expectation #2:

The qualitative portion of the new teacher evaluation system is ready for implementation for the 2013-2014 school year.

This would be spot obs and IPads?

Expectation #3:

Every high school offers AP classes in all core subject areas for the 2013-2014 school year.

When and if the district posts Master Schedules online, we can check this. We can find out if AP trained teachers or unqualified subs are teaching the class. Rangel girls can tell you there’s a difference.

Expectation #4:

Average daily breakfast service rates reach 40% of enrolled students by May 31, 2013.

I am going to guess that having more students eat breakfast saves the district money somehow, or brings us money. But maybe this is a hunger initiative. How, and if, the superintendent manages to get more kids to eat breakfast at school will be interesting to hear. This shouldn’t be a problem when Breakfast in the Classroom, a program sponsored by trustee Dan Micciche, rolls out.

Expectation #5:

The 2012-2013 fiscal year ending fund balance exceeds $200 million.

The fund balance was already $201 million when this expectation was finally approved by the trustees. That the fund balance was built on the backs of teachers, using funded vacancies, is notable, but not included in the evaluation. A few contracts let out for more than the district will be billed might have helped, too. Maybe they also checked under the sofa cushions.

Expectation #6:

The board has a dashboard to analyze ongoing district performance metrics by August 2013.

I’d like to have one of those! How many metrics are we measuring? How are they defined? Is it up and running?

OK, everyone, mark those score sheets and let’s compare!

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johns
johns

Where was oprs investigation of hinojosa's millions budget blunder?  Did opr rush to the aid of all district employees and refuse to accept any interference from that superintendent?  Did they even ask to investigate?  If they did I guess that was not important enough of an issue with thousands of teachers jobs that were ultimately sacrificed to run to the board and insist on an investigation. Oh thats right hinojosa not Miles brought in opr. 

guest 15699
guest 15699

Yes--for starters, understand the scores were flat across the state from last year to this year, so Dallas didn't pull ahead of the pack. They were already there. Remind MIles of that and Mayor Idiot.

The accountability system only identifies the worst 5% in the state. According to those rules, Dallas had a lower percentage of failing schools than Houston and San Antonio.

That doesn't mean any of them are doing well, just that Houston Broad Toad Grier has had longer to totally destroy Houston.

It's clear that our mayor is a bipolar fool. He has no understanding of anything, just rahrah Miles.

Next voting session, anyone but Rawlings.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Can someone substantiate the claim that the data show DISD doing better than FW, Houston and San Antonio?

Prismic
Prismic

Just saw a commercial for WFAA news... a "high profile" Dallas leader is calling for Miles' resignation... story at 10.

winnerville
winnerville

Cordero was one of Hiney's favorites who was being sent to the UT Superintendent's School during school time. Ruth Vail has joined the list of losers down there. That prestigious school was home to Hinojosa and Lew Blackburn.

Why groom someone for a superintendent when all he has done is preside over a failing school that came off the list the one year TEA used a ridiculous metric that tried to predict forward.

Cordero is weak, weak, weak, but still here. Miles sent the strong principals away.

FamilyGuy
FamilyGuy

I left Dallas ISD for a wonderful new district, albeit at a lot lot lot less money.  But it has been worth every penny.  I would take a bullet for my bosses.  In DISD, I was taking bullets from my bosses.  I am sad for the kids and families of DISD. They, and the other taxpayers, deserve better.  I am so sorry for them.

Some GuyfromBoston
Some GuyfromBoston

Who is running against Miguel Solis? Did he intentionally live in the area in order for him to qualify to run in that district? Was it part of the plan to be the supt's personal assistant, resign from the district, run a non-profit, then run for BOT? Wow. DISD is like Days of Our Lives soap each day. 

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

A really great parody by Diana Senechal. The remaining tools are hilarious!

"Grand Opening: Common Core Hardware Store!"

"The CC Hammer weighs twice as much as a regular hammer. Its purpose is to make a loud and sudden sound in the event of non-alignment. A principal or coach should carry one into every classroom. “Initially you can expect a lot of banging in a school,” said Plinth, “but that should die down, once the classrooms get aligned with you-know-what.”

The CC Wrench looks like a regular stainless steel wrench but is actually a teacher evaluation tool. “This is for obstructionists—you know, status quo types—who are trying to throw a wrench in the system,” said Rosette. “We say, ‘go ahead, have a wrench, give it a throw.’ Then it automatically rates them ineffective and tweets the info to all the major news outlets.”"

http://dianasenechal.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/grand-opening-common-core-hardware-store/

Really1984
Really1984

Can Pauline Medrano run against the scum known as Miguel Solis?

Does she live in that district?

Anyone but an idiot who referred to himself as a "senior leader."

Bewitched
Bewitched

Yep Cordero is very week and James Wallace is even weeker

disappointed with DISD
disappointed with DISD

I was one of those teachers that was not offered a contract. In all my years of teaching this was the most challenging year . As you all know the LO's and DOL's were incomplete and Principals changed their minds on what to go on them (or at least that was the case in our school) . I've had my hearing and waiting to hear what the hearing officer says.

This is what I don't understand, It will be mid to late September before we hear anything and it will still have to go to the board for their approval in October. Who is going to be there for the children? a sub? so they are going to pay me and pay a sub until this is over??? What a waste of money. I have been reading on here that yes there were teachers that needed to go and I so agree with that. I was not one of those teachers that needed to go... everyone at our school is shocked and in fear that if this could happen to me then it could happen to them. 

There is so much mismanagement going on...

 Good Luck to the dedicated teachers/staff that has stayed with DISD. I fear for the children.

Really1984
Really1984

Words of wisdom from the Dallas Morning News, so unlike its editorial staff:

"The only of our “Super Principals” who has survived the Miles regime so far is Israel Cordero, formerly of Samuell HS and since promoted to the job of executive director over the Samuell feeder group."

Got to think about this. Israel Cordero was riding the pants of Rene Martinez and Hinojosa. His school was low performing for six years, so Rene gets him a promo into an ED position.

His school is finally tagged as one of the worst 5% in the state.

Did he get removed, like the principals at Sunset, Madison, and Conrad?

Cordero is weak, but compliant.

Inquire
Inquire

Evaluation? What's that?  Our Department still hasn't given one.

Ed Wondering
Ed Wondering

Quick question: What is with all these non-profit multi-million dollar groups that run around advocating children and education yet have little to no experience in the working with actually children? Are the raising money for grad student to do educational research? Creating a comprehensive curriculum plan? Are they using the money to hire counselors for children dealing with abuse? Getting school supplies for children in poverty? running parenting programs? Developing professional developments for teachers? Providing money for clean uniforms?

What do they do with their multi-millions other than set up super slick offices, pay themselves very well, go to events to rub shoulders with millionaires, and stay in front of the media spotlight? 

If they are all just advocating charter schools then I think that veterans educators need to start opening up their own charter school with fellow educators.  Create Teacher Co-ops, school created by teachers, run and managed by teachers, involving the whole community.  I think several teachers would be willing to take on extra jobs, like cleaning their own rooms,  if it mean a decent salary, a positive learning environment, and creating a true community focused on children success in life than government dollars. That might be the only way to push the business and corporate types and mindsets out of education.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

So we're to celebrate DISD being the tallest of the Pygmies?

twilight zone
twilight zone

@Prismic Thanks for sharing! 

Ok, Mr. Miles... you can't have your cake and eat it too! On the one hand you insist that the teachers of Dallas ISD are incompetent know nothings who can not master your simplistic L.O. D.O.L. requirements. On the other hand you say, "Look my strategies are working! I've turned the Titanic around in one short year!"

"Rawlings points to data from Miles’ first year, which shows DISD outperforming state standards in every category being measured. The district scored higher percentages of success than Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth."

 I'd say that these two statements are not properly "aligned", and that 400 non renewed teachers must have been doing something right! That's minus DOLLO, just plain old  fashioned 'good teaching!' But you go ahead and take the credit. We all know why Dallas ISD outperformed, and it has little to nothing to do with you!

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@FamilyGuy My expatriation has been fabulous. I'm so glad to be treated like an educator. 


winnerville
winnerville

@Some GuyfromBoston 

What the heck exactly did Solis do for the superintendent? Stand by while Miles bullied people and Solis kept his mouth shut?

Solis is the posterboy of crud.

twilight zone
twilight zone

@Bewitched Really? Mr. Cordero seems to be quite competent. Not defending. Just wondering what qualifies him as weak?

Really1984
Really1984

@Bewitched 

Added to the weakness of the ED and principal is the fact they have a stuffed penguin for a board member.

What happened to the Early College located at Samuell. That's as stupid as it gets. An Early College's advantage for the rest of the state is one of being located on a college campus.

Nancy Bingham's willing compliance with the filth running the district is inexcusable.

Tired
Tired

@Really1984 Cordero is weak. My school was in his feeder pattern. He never came to our school, although we were high needs. My principal used to document his visits and how many minutes he stayed. He never gave my principal the feedback he was supposed to be modeling. He likes to talk the educational buzzwords but I don't think he truly knows how to move a school. You're right- he's very weak, but compliant and that's definitely what Miles likes. He also wears a very ill-fitting beige suit that our whole admin team would make fun of. It looks like it was purchased in 1977.

2545
2545

@BobbyGarland Wonder if McKenzie will delete R Jones piece? Bill doesn't like it when we don't all line up behind him and sometimes deletes comments a few minutes or hours after they are up. It has happened to several of us . 

Who's next ? Mayor..citizen Mike? I hope they call them all out, one by one. 

Really1984
Really1984

@BobbyGarland 

That is Roger Jones. Well worth reading and pondering and shoving in Bill McKenzie's face as well as the BOT.

Miles brings Jerome the felon here along with his pole dancer. Then he removes the wrong principals.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Ed Wondering I've wondered if the system was so dysfunctional that we might end up with neighborhood based co-ops.  The one room school house had some advantages.  


E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Disrupted DISD 

From DMN today:

"The same spreadsheet showed the percentage of students who got an 1,100 or above on the SAT’s math and critical reading tests. The results were no better: No student at Madison got that score. (Madison principal Marian Willard was later removed from her job.)

“The information that was put out there by the district was that the students at James Madison weren’t college readiness because they didn’t score a 1,100 on the SAT,” Nutall said at the meeting.

Miles acknowledged the confusion around what is considered “college ready.” He noted that Commit!, the Dallas nonprofit group led by Todd Williams, uses a 24 on the ACT and 1,100 on the SAT.

“There are different ways of looking at the ACT. We thought a 21 to start was a good target for us because our average was 17.2,” Miles said. “You can look at different colleges across the country. Many believe that a 21 is a good enough number — that if a kid gets a 21, they won’t need remediation.”

WOW!!!  Is Miles saying Commit! ran the data to terminate principals and it was wrong?  

News flash.  An SAT score below 1100 (or 1110) does not mean a student is not college ready.  It is a certain probability of earning a C the first year of college.  Looking at a mean SAT score (17.2) makes no sense.  Let's say the DISD mean of those who graduate from college is 990, that says about half will graduate, half will not.  Big deal.  Both SAT and ACT scores are merely surrogates for poverty and not instruction.  Stop this silliness and stop going after poor kids and teachers of poor kids.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

And don't forget that next fall is the election for governor. Such a coincidence that the state's high stakes test scores go up in the year of an election! 

Vote for me! My party is responsible for the "improvement" in test scores!

guest 15699
guest 15699

@twilight zone @Bewitched 

Start with the fact that Samuell was low performing for about 7 years straight with the exception of the year TEA goosed all the ratings.

Now Samuell is among the worst in the state, but Cordero continues to do nothing?

Cordero is perfectly compliant. When Lozano took his staffing away, Cordero was totally ok with that. He is the perfect administrative weak kneed idiot.

DisdGone
DisdGone

Not vested in the interests of the community, our kids and the district. Very little teaching experience. Internal fast track promotion and training at tax payers expense. We need BOT members who are about long term solutions, not just using this as a stepping stone for further Broad foundation career paths.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Really1984 @Bewitched I saw Nancy Bingham at lunch  yesterday.  She has a sour look on her face in the general public also.   One of my friends wanted to go spill something on her. 


BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@Woodrow Alum @disappointed with DISD I was eligible! I got it until it ran out and never felt bad for one moment! I still find it ironic that I was laid off due to "excessive teacher" I also find it odd that as many teacherless classrooms the district has, not one laid off teacher has been called back!

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Aztec Warrior @disappointed with DISD The Board voted to terminate those contracts in the same general vote in which they approved cleaning supply purchases. it felt wonderful to know that teachers who met and exceeded expectations were being treated with the same regard as bags of Vomitus (see DISD Service Center catalog; it's a real product!)

BobbyGarland
BobbyGarland

Your right it is Jones. Sorry about thay.

BlueBonnet
BlueBonnet

@E Kim Selim When I was laid off from Dallas ISD, I went to DCCCD. When I'm not teaching ESL, I assist students with their writing assignments. The amount of students who are taking a developmental class is unreal! When I tutor a student trying to pass the Accuplacer test in writing, I have to tell him/her to forget everything he/she was taught in school preparing for the TAKS/STAAR test. The writing that is being taught for the test does more harm than good! Most students have no idea how to write a thesis statement yet alone what a topic sentence is! 

For those of you who are still in the classroom: PLEASE teach your students what it means to write in third person, what a thesis statement is and how to write a topic sentence! They will need this when it comes to writing a paper for college!

Thank you!

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@E Kim Selim 

Many colleges and universities have already figured out that they cannot use the single metric of the SAT/ACT score to predict which students will be successful.  Many have gone to a much more comprehensive review of the application.  

There are many who believe that the grade point average and the difficulty level of classes taken are much better predictors of success, as they reflect performance over time, rather than a single day of testing. The GPA reflects the ability to persevere over the long term. Granted, some high schools are more rigorous than others, but they try to assess that as well.

They also look to see if the student has been committed to anything else over the long term, such as athletics, music, theatre, volunteering, as those students also tend to do well at college.


Disd parent
Disd parent

@E Kim Selim I disagree with you about the metric. If you are scoring at a 990 using the scale of today's SAT, it is highly unlikely that you will be ready to handle college coursework. I don't think anyone should attend college who is not able to understand the material and complete a degree. We do no favors to kids to push them into college where they will rack up student loans and have no meaningful career path from which to repay them. 

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

@Disrupted DISD

The GPA is the best predictor of college success by far but few people believe it.  They think there is a huge amount of grade inflation.  Actually, looking backwards into the recent past (called retrodiction not prediction) we see that of the students who enter college, HS GPA was the best predictor of success. I will bet students with a GPA less than 85 rarely graduate from any college yet nobody looks at GPA in grades 9 and 10 as an early college success warning signal.   Unfortunately, to publicize it or make it a metric on a scorecard would probably invoke grade inflation.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

@Pancho Villa @MilesIsaFraud @Disd parent @E Kim Selim 

I agree with you again, Pancho!

There are many students who have successfully completed a degree this way- they get all of the core classes out of the way at the community college and figure out what they want to do (none of the loss of time changing degree plans and majors).


Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

@MilesIsaFraud @Disd parent @E Kim SelimYes! 990 score is good enough for the local Dallas County Community College. Once they finished their two years; they will transfer to a four year University. It is much.much cheaper doing that way.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Disd parent @A is for Abigail @E Kim Selim You really can't predict college readiness and that's just a fact.

Many--most--kids will gear up once they are on the campus, so we have to give them the benefit of the doubt.

And the gap?  It is an income gap and it will never be closed in our society.  We can mitigate the effects of poverty somewhat and that's what we should be doing instead of testing ad nauseum.  

If anything, we are doing exactly the WRONG thing.  Rich kids are getting excellent private educations while poor kids are getting test prep for state tests.  

Disd parent
Disd parent

@A is for Abigail @Disd parent @E Kim Selim So how do you predict college readiness? How do you know when the gap is closed? I don't think STAAR is a predictor and I would rather that school districts used the SAT or ACT as a parameter compared to state-designed tests. I just looked up the correlation between SAT scores and college success and it looks like it is not an accurate predictor of college success, particularly for female students. So I would probably take back my prior comment. 

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Disd parent @E Kim Selim Poor kids from public schools don't get a real education (they get test prep instead for 10 years) and they don't usually get tutors for the SAT, so I don't think an SAT score is a valid or accurate assessment of a poor kid's potential.

SAT scores are highly correlated to family income, so I would expect low-income kids to have lower scores.  

MilesIsaFraud
MilesIsaFraud

@Disd parent @E Kim Selim 

A combined 990 of reading and math is not a deterrent to managing postsecondary education.

The main deterrent to postsecondary education is poverty, plain and simple.

A student who has the time and resources to take 12-15 hours without working and who has the option of getting tutors when necessary most certainly can complete a degree.

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Foundation for Empowerment (FCE) released 3 papers:

1. Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis In Dallas ISD, which has been prepared with consultation by education academics, extensive research, review of data and education literature, and meetings and interviews with people of Dallas holding varying and sometimes conflicting points of view;

2. Digging Into Data and Evidence: Mike Miles, Dallas ISD, and Trickle-Down Education Report, by Dr. Julian Vasquez Helig, Lindsay Redd, M.A. and Dr. Ruth Vail; and

3. The Challenge of Disruptive Leadership in Dallas ISD, by Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. and Matthew Birkhold, M.A.

"You will see from these papers that, after much research and discussion, we believe the current Superintendent lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

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