Feb 14, 2019 by

“Linda Darling-Hammond – a Failure at Educating Kids Academically”

By Donna Garner


[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  On 2.12.19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom named Linda Darling-Hammond as the head of the California State Board of Education. She was the co-founder of Stanford University’s charter school in East Palo Alto. Below are articles from Palo Alto that lay out the details of that failure.  

Not to be deterred by her failed attempt to educate real students in real classrooms, Linda Darling-Hammond went on to become Obama’s education advisor and helped to establish the parameters for the Common Core Standards and national assessments.  

To put it succinctly, the Common Core Standards that have lowered academic achievement in students across the United States but that have indoctrinated them successfully into the social justice agenda can be laid directly at the feet of Linda Darling-Hammond. My heart goes out to the millions of California public and charter school students who will suffer under her leadership.   

To read more information about Linda Darling-Hammond, please refer to the article that I wrote on 1.6.13 – “Linda Darling-Hammond, Bill Ayers, CSCOPE, Lucy Calkins, Common Core Standards” – by Donna Garner —


3.9.10 – Palo Alto Online.com

“Three local schools land on state’s ‘worst’ list: ‘Preliminary’ list includes Stanford-run charter school in East Palo Alto”

by Christina Kenrick / Palo Alto Online

Excerpts from this article:                                                                               

Three local schools — including a charter school run by Stanford University — have landed on the California Department of Education’s “preliminary” list of the state’s worst-performing schools.

…The Stanford-run East Palo Alto Academy Elementary School was reorganized with a new principal last fall and recently petitioned Ravenswood trustees to allow it to continue operating.

…The rankings, representing the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, were based on state achievement tests and graduation rates, the Department of Education said.

…The department said the “preliminary” list will be reviewed Thursday by the state Board of Education and then be sent to the U.S. Department of Education for final approval.

Once the list is final, each school will be required to engage in one of four school intervention models and be eligible to apply for federal funds to implement the changes.

…Representatives oStanford New Schools, the non-profit that runs East Palo Alto Academy Elementary School and a sister high school, could not immediately be reached for comment.

However, in interviews last December, Stanford officials acknowledged the Stanford charter elementary school had not yet met expectations.

“I think we’re still learning,” School of Education Dean Deborah Stipek said at the time.

“We’ve only been in business for three years.

“In a lot of ways we’ve been very successful in the kind of emotional and family support, but our kids’ skills are not up to what they need to be. It just takes time to get things right.”

A contingent of Stanford officials recently appeared before the Ravenswood board of trustees seeking renewal of the school’s charter, which expires this year.

“We were not satisfied with our students’ achievement gains (in the first five years of the charter),” Stanford said in its petition for charter renewal of both its elementary and high school.

“There was significant disruptive turnover in leadership and teaching at the school sites, and we needed greater clarity in lines of authority, decision-making processes, and communication.

“Understanding these challenges, this year we embarked on a process of profound reflection and re-design at all levels of our system, from governance and management structures to instructional practice and the use of data to drive decision-making.

“The new tools we have brought to bear on the analysis of student performance data have put us in a much better position to provide the kind of differentiated and engaging instruction our students need to succeed.”

…The grand jury said it was too early to judge the success of the Stanford charter elementary school.

“The East Palo Alto Academy Elementary School is only in its third year of operation,” the grand jury said.

“While scoring low on most measures so far, its affiliation with the Stanford University School of Education brings Stanford’s resources, research, and innovation to the school and hopefully, over time, to the district.”


4.15.10 – Palo Alto

“Stanford loses bid to renew EPA charter schools:  Ravenswood trustees cite poor academic performance, but leave room for reprieve”

by Chris Kenrick / Palo Alto Online

Excerpts from this article:

Stanford University was rebuffed Wednesday in its bid to renew the charter of a struggling East Palo Alto elementary school it oversees.

Citing poor academic performance and ineffective behavior management in the classroom, trustees of the Ravenswood City School District voted 3-2 to deny a new five-year charter to Stanford New Schools. The Stanford-affiliated nonprofit operates an elementary school and a separate high school, which together serve about 550 students from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

“Whether your name is Stanford or something else, it’s all about the data,” trustee Larry Moody told a standing-room-only audience of parents, teachers, students and Stanford professors who had come out to support the schools.

“Certain levels of performance had to be adhered to.”

…Stanford argued that its state Academic Performance Index “similar school ranking” scores of six in 2006-2007 and seven in 2007-2008 technically qualified it for automatic renewal under state criteria. A drop in that score to three in 2008-2009 was attributable to “a significant change in the group of state-identified similar schools,” Stanford said.

In recommending against charter renewal, Ravenswood Superintendent De La Vega viewed the same data differently.

Saying the 2006 to 2008 scores represented only the better-performing Stanford high school, she argued that the drop in the 2009 score reflected a serious “downward drag” of including the poor-performing elementary school in the score.

“In a technical sense I suppose we could say they have met the criteria,” said San Mateo County counsel Tim Fox, summarizing De La Vega’s analysis.

“However, the overarching question for charter renewal is whether the charter petition represents a sound educational program and whether the charter petitioners are likely to succeed in implementing the program it describes.

“So when the data show there’s a problem — even if they technically meet the metrics — it’s a matter of consideration for the board.”

…Stanford officials insisted that, if given a few more years to succeed, their recently implemented reforms would put the elementary school on a sound footing and provide community benefits for years to come.

“We understand our elementary school has not performed as well as it should, and we know we have work to do,” Stanford School of Education Dean Deborah Stipek said.

…”In fact, all the other schools in the Ravenswood district have higher scores than the charter does.

“You have seven other schools to choose from in this district. We’d welcome you with open arms, and the parents would welcome you.”

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[Note from Donna Garner:  This chart is very small but can perhaps be viewed better by printing it off and using a magnifying glass. The main thing is to see that Stanford New School got a “No” in Net 2009 AYP while the elementary schools in the same area received a “Yes.” It also appears that Stanford New School had a much lower percentage of Hispanic students and fewer low-income students than most of the other schools in the comparison area.]

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