Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bryant Principal Namita Dwarka Gets Caught Playing the "Manipulate the Test" Game And Loses

Oh, the glory! RBE reported on this story at Perdido St:
Just Make Every Student A Former ESL Student And You'll Magically Raise Your Test Scores!
In case you missed this story in the NY Post:
More than 100 teens in one teacher’s English classes were recently marked “FELL,” for “former English language learner.” The label grants students exam “accommodations” up to two years after they test proficient on the New York state English as a Second Language Achievement Test. But many students given extra time on the Regents exams are native English speakers, staffers said.
 Old-timers are not surprised. I worked for the mother of test manipulators who from the day she took over my school in -- check this year -- 1978 -- she found every wrinkle possible in test manipulation. I once said this to Joel Klein at a PEP - that I know all the games because I was taught by a master - the mother of test manipulation, as I dubbed my principal.

Here are a few of her tactics:
1. Identify poor readers in kindergarten and 1st grade and leave them back a grade early. This makes them a year older for the rest of their time in the school and an 11 year old 4th grader - even a poor reader - will do better on the test than a 10 year old poor reader.

2. Make sure there are as few non-English speaking kids in the school as possible. In fact make sure there are none. How to do this? Refuse to have a bi-lingual class and every parent off the boat who comes to register their child is sent to the school on the other side of the projects (now run by the great Brian De Vale). Those kids will drag down the scores pretty much for their entire time in whatever school they are in. Result: our school rose to 2nd in the district in test scores and the other school was at the bottom - year after year.

3. Push every kid into special ed as possible -- pressure teachers to do so - because in those years their tests didn't count against the school.

4. And of course one of my faves. Dump kids from the test where possible. I have 2 personal examples.

a. A few days before the exam I am informed that Matt, a difficult child from a problem family of difficult children - but funny and I had become pals with him --- would not be taking the exam with my class. Why? He had a slight speech impediment and due to his going out a few times a week for speech therapy, he would be classified special ed for this exam and separated out so his test wouldn't count. I was so livid I called the NY Times and spoke to an ed reporter who told me, "Isn't this the way things are done?"

 b. Bill was a silent, brooding-looking child who at first scared me but soon I saw he was a bit shy and by the time we were testing I loved having him in my class. His apartment had a fire and he went to live with his grandmother a few miles away in another school district. His mother said they would be back in the apartment in a month or 2. So he kept coming to school -- not as often due to traveling -- and I even picked him up and dropped him off a few times. No problems - until test time. A week before I get a transfer notice from the office sending him to the school near his grandmother's. I called the mother and she said she had nothing to do with it. I knew exactly what had happened and confronted my principal. She said "too bad," - at first. I had to convince her that not only was Bill a good kid but I guaranteed he would score well -- I rate this with Messier's prediction on the Rangers in '94. She relented and Bill did score well and graduated with his class in my school -- and by the way was back in his apartment not long after the test.

RBE closes with:
If Namita Dwarka survives all the scandals and investigations she's under by the SCI and the DOE, then you know that de Blasio's and Farina's claims about a new kind of DOE, one that is different than the Bloomberg DOE, is a lie. 
Well on this one issue I would put some money that there are a hell of a lot of principals who play similar games.

16 comments:

  1. She is ex-girlfriend of the "principal from hell", Howard Kuwait.

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  2. She has destroyed the lives a very good professionals, but she is going to pay a very high price.

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    1. Yes, it called Karmic Law. What is peculiar though is that such Budhus (fools), supposedly with so-called proper education, are not aware. My Principal and AP at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida did similar things. I am a practicing Mystic for 21 years;so I am well aware of how Karma WORKS. When they fall and if they reach out I will gladly teach them the path of inquiry.

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  3. She is on a collision course.

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    1. Definitely, but too stupid to recognize it. Instant karma is a better guiding tool but, unfortunately, only Mystics tend to be rewarded such gifts. Satsangis often experience instant reactions just because their journeys are speeded up, the jet-plane method, while others go the paddle-boat method.

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  4. She discriminates against older teachers with good statistics while the Young ones get good obsercation reports.

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    1. Yes, its a conspiracy to get rid of the high-paid teachers.

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  5. Ms. Dwarka has harassed, discriminated and abused veteran teachers who do not show loyalty. She surrounds herself with puppets just to go after teachers with integrity, those in her circle are immune of any wrong doing, but those who question here are persecuted, rated U, and harassed. It is not a school, it is a Taliban.

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  6. She has lost 2 cases in a 3020A hearing, she is an embarrassment for our school, and a liability for the DOE. But she continues to abuse and retaliate against veteran employees. The EEOO is ready to investigate her again. How can the staff trust Ms. Dwarka?

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    1. She has to be careful she doesn't go to jail for perpetrating fraud.

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  7. She is failing the students, we have never seen test scores of the regents so low. She pushed out so many experienced professionals, to impress TWEED that the quality of education have diminished.

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  8. Why is somebody so ineffective in charge of a school?

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  9. Why is the DOE not taking any action against corruption and dishonesty?

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  10. When corruption, fraud, discrimination, harassment is protected by the DOE you know it is time to abandon ship. We still do not know about the 250000 dollars.

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  11. How can somebody be protecting by harassing. BULLYING, FALSIFYING CHARGES OF INCOMPETENCE AGAINST TEACHERS WHO REPORT WRONG DOING?

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