The DCSD upper administration has been promoting their “Assessment Waiver” idea and touting the Innovation Schools Act of 2008 as a way to end testing…but what is the REAL story?
Since July 29th, Superintendent Fagen, Board Members and other high level administrators of Douglas County School District have been dishonest their dealings with the public in countless meetings with parents, school accountability committees, principals, teachers and community members. Whether by omission or outright lies, the public has been told emphatically in emails, newsletters and meetings that the district is seeking assessment waivers only for the Read Act affecting grades K-3. The following timeline will show that was never true. High schools and middle schools were approached to start the process in early August, and they are still being asked to apply for innovation status.
In addition, before sending out PR-laden Newsletters to more than 80,000 people that touted the benefits of the assessment waivers for the READ Act, the district had been told that the Attorney General had deemed this waiver to be against state laws. Armed with this knowledge, Dr. Fagen and her cabinet intentionally mislead the public and strong armed schools and school accountability committees to pursue the waivers. Not once did Superintendent Fagen, anyone in the administration or any board member disclose that it was not even possible to pursue these waivers under state law. Why wouldn’t the truth be disclosed as soon as the district was notified?