Friday, November 29, 2013
Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees heard from Superintendent Joe Pye about his recent trip to Washington, D.C. with the administration of Flowertown Elementary School to accept its Blue Ribbon honors. Pye said while he was in D.C. he stopped by the U.S. Department of Education to check in on the status of DD2’s request for a waiver from state and federal accountability methods and clear the way for the district to pilot the innovative ACT assessment system.
“Initially, they said it would be denied,” said Pye, “because waivers were never granted to individual school districts, just states. Further, they told me that in the request for a waiver from the state, too few questions were answered and little information as to why it should grant a waiver was given. I was there for an hour, answering their questions and, thank goodness, I must have had the right answers.”
He said that by the time he left he was given clear guidance that the DOE needed either a letter from the state or from the Governor, supporting our request and then the request would be honored and DD2 would be lumped with another state or states into a sort of consortium in order to grant the waiver.
“Further,” he continued, “they want us to make ACT step up to the plate and formulate assessment for special education, as well.”
“It was a wonderful conference [with DOE officials] that lead me to believe things would be fine as long as they got the necessary endorsements from the state.”
Pye said he would be meeting with the state and, if he needed to, the Governor to make sure DD2 gets what it needs.