Select students across Delaware took the Smarter Balanced Assessment field tests last Spring. But where are the scores? Here we are five months later, and nobody is even asking. Could it be students performed so bad on the tests, that the Delaware Department of Education can’t even put appropriate levels for ratings on them? This is what I’m hearing from multiple sources. The DOE knows this, but they are holding on to this information. For some reason December is coming up as a release date for this information. Would they really wait to release them until Christmas break?
Of course they would. They will not release these scores before Election Day. Too many of the current legislators in the state voted for making the Smarter Balanced Assessment a reality, and the DOE knows it could potentially affect the votes.
Because of the priority schools, the Delaware education blogosphere is talking about that crazy initiative as as their main focus. What happened to the good old days pre-September 4th when this was all we were talking about with Delaware education? They are taking advantage of this distraction and planning and plotting over there at the Townshend Building in Dover. But don’t let the smoke and mirrors fool you citizens of Delaware.
The DOE knows this, and they are loving it! They know they will eventually have to release the test scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment field tests. They know what the public will say when this happens. They can lessen the impact if they release the information during a slow education time period. What if someone beats them to the punch?