Lindalyn Kakadelis


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  • National School Choice Week – 16,140 Events

    Held every January, National School Choice Week highlights educational options for children across our country. Every type of education provider is celebrated. Whether public school choice in the form of open enrollment, magnets, charter schools, or private schools, virtual schools, home schooling, it makes no difference. National School Choice Week…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, January 25, 2016
  • National Attitude Towards Common Core Summarized

    There are basically two national yearly polls on how the public feels towards education: Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa & Education Next. Both polls have asked questions regarding Common Core since 2010. This week, Rick Hess, from American Enterprise Institute, summarizes what these two polls tell us regarding the public’s attitude…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, September 23, 2015
  • Charlotte Observer Follows Dr. Stoops’ Accurate Analysis

    Last week the Charlotte Observer’s education writer, Ann Doss Helms, followed Dr. Stoops’ analysis regarding reliable data on student poverty percentages in schools. No surprise she did not credit him for reporting it sooner. It is the Charlotte Observer! Helms’ article: “Squishy numbers: Why it’s harder than ever to…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, September 23, 2015
  • 2015 Graduation Rate Needs Better Scrutiny

    NOW is the time! The State Board of Education and others interested in transparency should request the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to disaggregate the 2015 graduation rate by pathway of obtaining the diploma. In 2006 DPI started reporting a four-year graduation rate, and since then the graduation rate…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 26, 2015
  • Parents CAN Opt Child Out of Photo & Video Data Collection – IF ONLY THEY KNEW

    The new Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) is being used throughout the state this fall. The KEA is the beginning of an assessment tool called, NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process.  Teachers use this tool to evaluate a child’s performance until the end of  third grade. The Department of Public Instruction’s Office of…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 21, 2015
  • New Assessments for Kindergarteners – Bigger Concern Is Data Collection

    North Carolina kindergartners arriving at school this fall will be given the new Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA). In fact, this assessment has to be completed the first 60 days of school. This assessment is not paper and pencil, but a process used by teachers anytime during the day to gather…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 20, 2015
  • Race To the Top Money Runs Out – Venders Sell Technology

    Education vendors saw big dollar signs when the White House decided to throw billions of dollars into the world of K-12 education, but seems now they want OUT. Back in 2013-14, Guilford County Schools had a “melt-down” fiasco with tables leased from the education company, Amplify. The school system and Amplify…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 18, 2015
  • General Assembly Limits Information on Health Form

    In April I wrote about an invasive Health Assessment Form required for students entering kindergarten. Well, the General Assembly finally SAW the form developed by DHHS and DPI, and made MAJOR changes. House Bill 13 started off by simply requiring the form to be used by any student entering North Carolina…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, August 17, 2015