“That one little test would not be a big deal added to what we would barely have. I think (the opt out bill) is just a quick reaction to an issue that really, we’re not sure there is an issue.” -Delaware State Rep. Earl Jaques
In an article today on WDDE’s website, writer James Dawson spoke with State Rep. and Chair of the House Education Committee Earl Jaques about some talks he had with Governor Markell’s administration concerning parent opt out. His impression of this movement obviously needs a reality check. Parents are not opting their kids out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment because of all the other tests. We are opting out because the test is evil, and has no educational purpose except for the DOE, the US DOE, and Governor Markell to label and punish schools and inflate data to make the schools they like look better. I don’t see any galvanized movements where parents are screaming “Opt out of SRI and SMI!” It’s THIS test.
If you want to prune any test Jaques, make it the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Have you read nothing in the past week? Are you that out of touch with your constituents that you can’t see past this? Some of those other tests you want to “prune” do actually give the schools actual data they can use in the current school year, unlike the Smarter Balanced Assessment. When was the last time you were in a school watching kids get drilled for this one test that will hold teachers and their schools accountable?
It sounds to me like you have become a State Rep. that serves the Markell and Rodel administration more than the people who voted for you. Can’t we “prune” you from the House Education Committee? I may not live in your district, but you are a STATE representative. You are playing dirty politics on behalf of children, and I can guarantee you will get a lot of heat on this. In fact, if those who are against the Smarter Balanced Assessment are reading this, please email Rep. Jaques at email@example.com to tell him about your problems with this “little test”.
I now understand why Donna Johnson, the executive director of the State Board of Education, was hinting at taking a look at those “other” tests tonight at the Kent County Parent Opt Out Town Hall.
To read the full article, and State Rep. John Kowalko’s excellent response, please go here: http://www.wdde.org/73904-optout-efforts-head-march