The topic of having parents opt-out their children from standardized testing is still alive in Dover. Last night, the Capital School District in Dover, DE had their monthly Board meeting. Among the many topics discussed was the option of giving district parents the choice to opt their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
This was a heated topic at Board meetings in May, when the referendum was introduced. Proud supporters on the Board even wore t-shirts against high-stakes testing. The Board unanimously voted to introduce it. However, at the next Board meeting, it was voted against 4-1. An anonymous employee of the district claimed the Board was all for it, but due to overwhelming pressure from administrative employees within the district, the Board voted against it. This same employee believed it would have passed if parents had shown up to voice their displeasure with the testing.
At the Board meeting last night, the topic was reintroduced by Capital School Board vice-president Matthew Lindell. The Board agreed to table the conversation until the next meeting. Board Member Sean Christiansen said the matter was “dried up”, to which Lindell responded “Not yet.”
As a Capital School District parent, it is no secret that I am against standardized testing. I fully support the Board in their quest for giving parents a choice. This means every single Capital School District parent that is against Smarter Balanced Assessments and the rigorous standards that go along with it needs to show up at the next Capital School District Board Meeting. I have a few other ideas if they can’t make it. The next meeting is on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 pm. Please arrive at 7:15 so we can organize outside of the meeting room. The meetings are held at the District office on 198 Commerce Way, across from the Playtex factory.