The Delmar School District Board of Education is considering a parent opt out resolution like the one Capital School District’s Board passed last October. This resolution would allow a parent to opt their child out of the state assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment, without any penalty or punishment to the student.
If you are in the area, and would like to support this school board, please attend their meeting tomorrow night, February 23rd and give public comment to support this resolution. Or you can email their board at the following email addresses:
Please listen to what Delaware State Representative Sean Matthews had to say on WDEL last Thursday. This was about United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s visit to Delaware. The day before, Matthews and DE State Rep. John Kowalko wrote a letter to Arne Duncan on his visit.
An individual transcribed the complete Delaware Parent Teachers Association Parent Opt Out Town Hall from February 19th. Transcription is a very difficult endeavor. I’ve done it before, and it is time-consuming at best. The longest I’ve ever done it for was a forty-five minute meeting. This person did it for a two-hour meeting with multiple participants. I posted the part with “Mr. Brandywine” yesterday, but this also has this individual’s conversation with him afterwards.
If you are on the fence about opting your child out, this is an essential document for you to read. If you will never do so, you may want to read this anyways to find the “true value” of these tests.