Thursday, January 29, 2009

FSDB Students' Standardized Test Results Higher Than Rest of State

 After having late-night conversation with former deaf Florida resident about the state of Florida itself last week. She mentioned that former Governor Jeb Bush was totally shocked to learn about the standardized test results from Florida School for the Deaf (FSD) much higher as compared to the rest of Florida hearing students. Former Governor Bush told his staff aides and state legislators and educators how come the FSD students made highest standardized test scores than the fellow hearing students. 

 Many deaf Americans got the wrong idea about the Florida state law's mandatory requirement of every deaf students to be schooled at the Florida School for the Deaf in St. Augustine - northeast part of Florida.  

 The Florida educational system happened to be overhauled under former Governor Jeb Bush and another governor. It heavily provided parents of deaf youngsters with the assigned Individualized Education Program (IEP) advocates which gave parents necessary information to make best parental options and decisions for their deaf offspring. 

  In the end, the following result for the successful retention and education for deaf youngsters in the state of Florida. The Florida School for the Deaf  happen to have the largest student enrollment numbers like 700 deaf students nowaday.  

  The deaf schools of the deaf across America should be not closed due to state budgetary problems in any way. 

  FSDB is one of the fine example for the state government and board of education to invest in the necessity of deaf education, not shortchange any deaf youngsters with the foundation of sound education. Other states could do that! 

  Some misspending and illogical approaches at the FSDB campus with the 10-feet tall metal fence surrounded the entire school campus. The misplacement of security fence perimeter clashed with the Spanish-style villa buildings which the fence were too closed to every building. 

  Asked upon one hearing local - motel operator why the FSDB put up that kind of fence. Her reply - "Keep bad kids inside". What an ignorant lady with some ASL signing fluency!  The motel was just few feet away from the FSDB campus! 

  The reality was what happened with the last hearing superintendent, who overboard with the prison-like security fence perimeter in fear of child snatching and sexual molestation by total strangers. 

  That is a classic example of spending mispriorities within many schools of the deaf like the unnecessary installment of ten-foot tall security fence and other pointless purchases of audistic equipments for speech therapy and AVT therapy. 

  The WV School for the Deaf  (WVSD) spent multi-thousands and thousands on constant boys' dormitory rooms and lockers, but usually ignored girl dormitories in real needs of major renovation in the 1980s. Deaf boys at the WVSD kept damaged the dormitory renovations anyway. 

  WVSD also spent nearly spent the removal of both intermediate and advanced boys' Roman-style shower room and replaced it with every dormitory rooms with its own private bathroom. Kinda costly for the state to spend on the impractical facility development like private bathroom.  More work for the school custodians clean up every separate private bathrooms within assigned dormitory room. Whew! 

 One WVSD hearing teacher said "We have to prevent any possibility of homosexual acts among deaf male students".  *chuckles* Gentle reminder for the school better off spending on more educational materials and quality of education than preoccupied with the moral issues for deaf students as what I told very same hearing teacher, Ms. Maureen Wypsoal. She just gulped!

  The Roman-style boys' shower room was very educational experience of assessing the human body progress for deaf boys to appreciate the human anatomy and diversity. How educational! Many deaf boys enjoyed spending in the steamy atmosphere and had futile conversations on life itself. Nothing imply any kind of homosexual acts anyway. 

  Don't the WVSD use its own common sense about more possibilities of homosexual acts in private bathroom while nobody is around. 

  The state government and legislators need to re-examine what they are doing to deaf youngsters in their own state before closing any school for the deaf.  
  
ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason 

8 comments:

  1. Robert Alfred HawkinsJanuary 30, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Here's a mandate for you: cite the official source supporting test scores involving FSD (as in for the Deaf) or was this actually FSDB (as in for the Deaf and the Blind) being super than all other schools in Florida including elite college preparatory outfits (i.e. The Bolles School in Jacksonville). Or was this in fact just in comparison to deaf pupils in Florida schools other than FSD or is it FSDB? Now you can see why data can be very misleading. I didn't fall for such manipulative baloney spewed here in my backyard (Maryland) among the schools (deaf and non-deaf alike). Was the test watered-down in line to watered-down curricula (same as a county public school system but not alike rigorous in intellectual applications)? Were the tests administered in ASL?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just Googled for FSDB's scores and did not find any that indicated the scores were higher compared to the rest of Florida's public schools. What kind of tests? Etc. Next time, leave links so we can follow up. Hearsay is not reliable, I am sorry to say.

    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Robert Alfred HawkinsJanuary 30, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Also, you might want to look into how many of the 700-something students at FSDB are actually deaf and/or deafblind. We need not draw conclusions through what is occasionally misleading statistics.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I do not drink every word you claim
    above because there are ZERO primary sources!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Robert Alfred HawkinsJanuary 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Average enrollment of the deaf department is 450.

    http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/academics/deaf_principal.php

    I rest my case.

    ReplyDelete
  6. First of all, thanks to Robert Alfred Hawkins and Karen Mayes for raising issues and questions about the importance of source links and data manipulations.

    Anonymous, I have no problems with you and others dispute with the so-called facts concerning the FSDB.

    I also am kinda skeptical, but many deaf people in general still buy into the mythical numbers and test scores, etc.

    The state of Florida is generally known for its worst educational system as compared to many states.

    Many deaf people keep believing that the FSDB is only the residential school of the deaf next to the beach area.

    That is largely inaccurate. FSDB is just located few miles from St. Augustine beach area over the bridge.

    The recent ten-foot metal security fence installment is totally true, not any kind of fabrication.

    You could check out the Google maps with the FSDB street address and see for yourself.

    FSDB could do much better than putting this scary fence. It should design some kind of fence - less intimidating and prison-less feelings for students and visitors to match the looks of buildings.

    RLM

    ReplyDelete
  7. First of all, thanks to Robert Alfred Hawkins and Karen Mayes for raising issues and questions about the importance of source links and data manipulations.

    Anonymous, I have no problems with you and others dispute with the so-called facts concerning the FSDB.

    I also am kinda skeptical, but many deaf people in general still buy into the mythical numbers and test scores, etc.

    The state of Florida is generally known for its worst educational system as compared to many states.

    Many deaf people keep believing that the FSDB is only the residential school of the deaf next to the beach area.

    That is largely inaccurate. FSDB is just located few miles from St. Augustine beach area over the bridge.

    The recent ten-foot metal security fence installment is totally true, not any kind of fabrication.

    You could check out the Google maps with the FSDB street address and see for yourself.

    FSDB could do much better than putting this scary fence. It should design some kind of fence - less intimidating and prison-less feelings for students and visitors to match the looks of buildings.

    RLM

    ReplyDelete
  8. http://fcat.fldoe.org/results/default.asp?action=SchoolDetails&Report=School&districts=68&schoolNumbers=680016

    Copy and paste to the URL address.

    Generally speaking of those who were tested over several years worth where around 70 - 80% or so fall below reading/writing grade level while around 70 - 75% fall below grade for science and math.

    Nice try, RLM. It's the same story repeated everywhere in ALL Deaf schools.

    ReplyDelete