Delaware, did you hear that loud noise earlier this evening? That was the noise of parents, students, educators and school administrators having a collective groan about the passage of House Bill 334 passing the Delaware House of Representatives. It still has a Senate vote and then Governor Markell has to sign it if it passes the senate, but it will probably happen. This bill replaces the already existing DCAS standardized testing with the Smarter Balanced Assessment. I have seen sample questions of this test, and it is the worst idea for schools ever. The Smarter Balanced test was created by non-educator money, serving Wall Street corporate interests. When did our schools become a matter of profit for a select few? When did we allow money to be more important than education? Probably when we allowed the following House reps to vote yes on this monstrosity by electing them.
Yes: Atkins, Barbieri, Blakey, Brady, Carson, Dukes, Gray, Heffernan, Hudson, Jaques, Kenton, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Osienski, Outten, Paradee, Peterman, Ramone, Schwartkopf, Scott, B. Short, D. Short, M. Smith, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Walker, D.E. Williams, Wilson
The voices of sanity who voted No: Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, J. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Mulrooney, Potter, K. Williams
Two absent members who probably didn’t want to even have this on their voting record were Briggs-King and Q. Johnson.
Any of those who voted yes and are up for reelection next November need to be strongly looked at when children come home from school next Spring and start crying to their parents about how bad they did on this test. Most parents have no idea what the ramifications for their children will be, much less the parents of special needs students. Everyone needs to take a strong look at the impact this will have on our school children. It only benefits those who will make money off of it. This is a horrible day for Delaware.