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  • Fraser Institute Rankings | Paul Steer
    by the B C Ministry of Education that have also been a source of controversy Using the Fraser Institute report card parents can easily identify schools that show improved academic performance year to year said Peter Cowley Fraser Institute director of school performance studies And if their child s school is not improving or has declined the report card gives parents the information they can use to ask questions of school administrators and teachers As far as South Delta public elementary schools go Ladner s Neilson Grove ranked highest finishing 107th out of 875 schools It finished ahead of English Bluff 225th Beach Grove 281st Cliff Drive 375th Holly 410th South Park 410th Ladner 513th and Hawthorne 624th Pebble Hill and Port Guichon were not mentioned in the report card A pair of private schools Southpointe Academy 30th and Sacred Heart 57th fared better Delta Christian was not included Teachers have argued against the validity of the Fraser Institute s rankings saying they don t tell the whole story about a school while misusing the results of the standardized FSA Unfortunately the teachers union doesn t want parents and B C taxpayers to see the report card The union doesn t want parents to be able to compare schools based on student assessments which is why it is battling so hard to halt provincewide standardized testing Cowley said Cowley said British Columbians are clearly concerned about school improvement and the Fraser Institute s report card is the only easily accessible objective tool that helps them identify whether schools are meeting students academic needs However Delta Teachers Association president Paul Steer said the rankings have long been discredited Parents should feel free to set aside the ranking of the Fraser Institute for elementary schools and to know in a general way

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/news/fraser-institute-rankings (2016-02-07)
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  • Foundation Skills Assessment | Paul Steer
    open letter by Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid supporting the tests Lambert noted the BCTF has been informing parents of teachers concerns about the testing and of a parental right to opt their children out of assessments with which they disagree The federation has created information pamphlets for parents about the FSA as well as an opting out form they can submit to principals The top part of the form is a message critical of the tests while the bottom part can be cut out and submitted to the principals asking for students to be excused for a family emergency lengthy illness or other extenuating circumstances Paul Steer president of the Delta Teachers Association told the Optimist teachers have been consistent in their message sending home literature to parents of students in grades 4 and 7 as they ve done in previous years The package includes the request form to have children excused Noting the message to parents seems to be getting through with FSA participation going down Steer said I haven t received any calls at the DTA complaining about this issue but we re certainly encouraging the teachers to distribute the information the sheet called What Every Parent Needs to Know and also a little brochure that affirms the fact teachers do believe in testing but not the inappropriate use of standardized tests Noting the participation rate in Delta has been consistently strong at around 85 per cent assistant superintendent Garnet Ayres said the direction from the ministry continues to be that all students participate in the FSA unless there are extenuating circumstances Parents may request their children don t participate but that would be a conversation involving the principal said Ayres We want to make sure that we re clear on the expectation that the vast majority of

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/content/foundation-skills-assessment (2016-02-07)
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  • Pencil | Paul Steer
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    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/content/pencil (2016-02-07)
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  • About Paul | Paul Steer
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    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/content/about-paul (2016-02-07)
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  • Groundhog Day | Paul Steer
    Calendar February S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 User login

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/content/groundhog-day (2016-02-07)
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  • Recent posts | Paul Steer
    from River Road Delta B C July 2013 paul 0 2 years 31 weeks ago Blog entry Paul s Responses to the Annual Peace and Global Educators Survey of BCTF E C Candidates paul 0 2 years 47 weeks ago Blog entry Concerning Bill C 377 paul 0 2 years 51 weeks ago Blog entry Here s what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition paul 0 3 years 19 weeks ago Poll Would you recommend teaching as a career to your son or daughter paul 0 3 years 38 weeks ago Blog entry There s No Tomorrow paul 0 3 years 50 weeks ago Blog entry Premier Christy Clark not teachers needs a reality check paul 0 4 years 21 weeks ago Page Why the BCTF needs a strong Yes vote paul 0 4 years 33 weeks ago Blog entry Paul Steer on Rec 25 at the 2011 BCTF AGM theleftcoast 0 4 years 45 weeks ago Blog entry Paul Steer BCTF Member at Large Elect theleftcoast 0 4 years 45 weeks ago Poll Generally should teachers be in support of moves toward a balanced school calendar Paul Steer 0 4 years 45 weeks ago Blog entry

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/tracker?destination=tracker (2016-02-07)
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  • Paul Steer | Teachers Matter, Paul Cares
    information to the Minister for public disclosure paul s blog Read more 26 Sep 0 Here s what I said to Trustees about Class Size and Composition by paul DTA Presentation to Delta Board of Education Trustees September 25 2012 Better Schools for Delta Mr Chairperson The Delta Teachers Association welcomes the opportunity of making this presentation to the Delta Board of Education We appreciate having this opportunity to emphasize with trustees Delta teachers concerns with the ongoing educational situation and our desire to work with Trustees District Staff and the community to rally round our Delta Public Schools and to make our good schools even better paul s blog Read more 18 Feb 0 There s No Tomorrow by paul http www youtube com watch feature player embedded v VOMWzjrRiBg paul s blog 13 Sep 0 Premier Christy Clark not teachers needs a reality check by paul Readers of The Delta Optimist who pay attention to provincial media coverage of education issues will be aware of the current round of negotiations between public school teachers and the provincial government On June 29th teachers in Delta voted strongly in favour of a strike as a response to the lack of meaningful progress at the provincial bargaining table Since then there has been little or no progress toward a negotiated agreement paul s blog Read more Why the BCTF needs a strong Yes vote If you believe as I believe that teachers are worthy and deserving of fair and reasonable salaries and benefits vote Yes 28 Mar 0 Paul Steer on Rec 25 at the 2011 BCTF AGM by theleftcoast At the 2011 AGM I was asked to speak concerning Recommendation 25 on Monday afternoon I was unable to be recognized by the Chair prior to the end of debate but

    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/node?mini=calendar-date%2F2015-12 (2016-02-07)
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  • Calendar | Paul Steer
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    Original URL path: http://paulsteer.ca/calendar-date/2016-01?mini=calendar-date%2F2016-01 (2016-02-07)
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