It’s the only thing that makes sense. Here’s why. Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said last fall that he expects over 70% of students taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment to not make proficiency. This was echoed by Director Of Assessment at the DOE, Brian Touchette. Only Touchette said he expects this trend for the next few years. To me, a few usually means at least three, if not more.
Why would the DOE, Murphy, Governor Markell and certain legislators want to keep a test that so many students will do badly on? Do you really think we are that naïve to think it’s because the children aren’t ready for the rigorous curriculum? I would hope not. The reason is because if students do bad, it gives all those companies more reason to keep pumping out their products and services. Pearson, Rodel, Vision (now called Schools That Care), and so on.
By having our kids even take this test, we are subjecting them to less funding, larger classrooms, teacher accountability that has been flawed from the start, extra stress, less instructional time and more money for hedge fund investors and charter school operators who are banking (literally) on this.
Opt out is the only option, even if your child has already started the test. Do not let your administrators: superintendents & principals intimidate you. Do not let them tell you your child HAS TO take the test. They will cite law, regulation and code, but at the end of the day there is NOTHING written in the law about a parent opting their child out. Be proactive and destroy this corporate Ponzi scheme in our schools.