The Opt Out Saga Lurches Forward


Go Jackie! I am hearing of many opt outs occurring throughout Delaware. Most of the bigger school districts, and even some of the smaller ones. This movement is alive and will only get bigger in the next couple weeks. The Smarter Balanced Assessment starts two weeks from today. There have been many different things written on blogs and social media about the best way to not have your child take the test, but the important thing is your child doesn’t take this test!

Minding My Matters

About two weeks ago I shared a blog post with the contents of my letter stating that my daughter will not be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring at her school, Linden Hill Elementary School in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. On February 23, 2015, I received a phone call from the principal, at which time he notified me he was in receipt of my “opt out letter” and explaining the potential consequences for the school and district, as per the directive sent out by the Delaware Department of Education. Obviously I’m well aware of what that letter says, and I’m well aware of the district’s obligation to notify me, so I listened, thanked him for his time, and told him I still intend for Cait to not take the test. He gave me the name and number of a person in the district office and said I…

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