3school students and usually will be offered in the heterogeneous classroom, throughdifferentiation.
Lack of accountability
The Update states that “The effort to strengthen accountability measures continuesthrough collaboration with the Office of School Performance. Meetings for FY 2010with community superintendents to discuss key data points related to GT implementationwill occur on a regular basis.”The Office of School Performance disclaims responsibility for implementation of a GT program. One of its community superintendents stated publicly, October 26, 2008, thatOSP does not evaluate a school or principal on the basis of any one factor (specificallyreferring to GT implementation), but looks at everything—a number of factors—the“gestalt:” whether the principal is “meeting the needs in the building.”As those in MCPS responsible for GT education admit, there are no “key data pointsrelated to GT implementation.” The data points in
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relate to generaleducation, as discussed above. Some MPCS staff have talked for years about theabsolute necessity of GT data points, but they have not been developed.
Lack of GT programming: inequitable education
MCPS has no GT program (except its segregated, homogeneous center/magnet program).This does not mean that “all students” receive equal on-level education. Those in thehigh SES “green zone” receive higher-pitched instruction; those in the much moreheterogeneous, but on average low SES “red zone” receive the lower pitched instruction“meeting the needs in the building.” MCPS states publicly that performance benchmarks
differ between the green and red zones. Those that suffer most are the red zonetraditionally-underrepresented and white, low and high SES, students “havingoutstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing,
at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared
with other students of similar age, experience, or environment….”Very truly yours,Frederick Stichnothcc: Dr. Frieda Lacey, Deputy SuperintendentFrieda_Lacey@mcpsmd.org Larry A. Bowers, Chief Operating Officer Larry_Bowers@mcpsmd.org Daniel De Vise, Washington Postdevised@washpost.com Leah Fabel, DC Examiner email@example.com Marcus Moore, Gazettemmoore@gazette.net Robert Dongu, Gazetterdongu@gazette.net Liz Bowie, Baltimore Sunliz.firstname.lastname@example.org Parents’ Coalition listserv