Diane Ravitch wrote an article today on how the Oklahoma PTA has called for an end to high-stakes testing in Oklahoma Schools. http://dianeravitch.net/2014/08/14/oklahoma-pta-unanimously-calls-for-end-to-high-stakes-testing/
This something the Delaware PTA has not done. Instead, if you go to their website, you will find this: http://delawarepta.org/common-core/assessments/
With all the controversy surrounding Common Core and standardized testing, many parents in Delaware seem oblivious to the dangers here. Perhaps it is because the media in our state, like the News Journal and others do not reflect the true feelings of many of the citizens that reside in Delaware. Perhaps they are more worried about advertising dollars. But I have yet to see the major media in this state do a true and accurate story about what people are thinking with these issues. Bloggers like myself, Kilroys, Kavips, Parents Of Christina, Transparent Christina and Children & Educators First do our part, but we know we aren’t reaching the vast majority of our intended audience. The only people I have found in Delaware who support Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments are those who either a) have a vested interest in it, b) work for the DOE, or c) are obviously afraid to speak out against it. I don’t hear the average parent saying “I love Common Core.”
And then you have an organization like the Delaware PTA, who should be representing the Parents and Teachers of the state. Instead, based on their statements and events, very mixed messages are being sent about who they represent. Last Spring, they funded an event at Dover Downs where teachers and students could glorify how great Common Core was. It was a huge event, with members of the DOE and Governor Markell there to celebrate. In my opinion, any PTA is supposed to be a roundtable of parents given equal voice to deal with issues, not to bow down to the governmental policies on education. But when a state PTA is not showing what parents feel, and are expressing opinions of a small group, there is something fundamentally wrong.