The Delaware Parent Teacher Association is sponsoring a parent opt out town hall meeting to discuss what opt out means for students and standardized tests, more specifically, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. As the test will begin in March, the opt out drums are beating louder and louder.
The Newcastle County meeting will be open to parents on 2/19/15, at the Eden Hill Support Center in the Cafetorium. A time has not been announced for this event at this point in time. Kent County was scheduled to have a meeting on 2/3/15 at the Kent County Library, but it was canceled. I reached out to Delaware PTA President Dr. Terri Hodges to inquire why it was canceled and if it would be rescheduled. She explained the room at the library only holds 25 people and they would most likely need a bigger room. Maybe the Kent County Municipal Building? Or maybe one of the schools would be willing to offer a library for the meeting. The DOE would love that! Not!
I like the fact the Delaware PTA is having these meetings. At their annual conference in November, the DOE was there and used the same excuses they had in their letters to districts to give to parents if they make that decision. As I have reported before, their letters are based on a misunderstanding of actual Delaware code and regulations.