High School Juniors in Delaware Are Getting Tested Beyond The Point of Insanity!!!!

A friend put this up on Facebook, and this testing is getting out of control.  Yes, Mark Murphy, kids go to school to test.  But they also go to school to learn, and to become students wanting to learn.  How can students learn if all they do is test?  If I were a parent of a Delaware junior, the first test I would opt them out of is the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is exactly what this parent did.  AP exams and SATs are much more important than this farce of an assessment.  This sample schedule of what juniors have to face is going to be the breaking point for many parents.  Shame on you DOE, State Board, Mark Murphy and Governor Markell for making this the central highlight of your education reform movement in Delaware!

4/13 – 5/29 – Component V Post Tests (Given at teachers’ discretion)

4/15 – In-School SAT

4/16 – 5/1 – Review and Preparation for AP Exams

5/4 – 5/15 – AP Exams

5/18 – Smarter Balanced Math CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)

5/19 – Smarter Balanced ELA CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)

5/20 – Smarter Balanced ELA PT (Performance Task)

5/26 – Smarter Balanced Math PT day 1 (Performance Task)

5/27 – Smarter Balanced Math PT day 2 (Performance Task)

5/28 – US History DCAS (End of Course)

5/29 – DCAS/Smarter Balanced Make-ups

6/1 – 6/4 – Underclassmen Final Exams (9th – 11th)

6/5 – Underclassmen Make-up Final Exams

Delaware Parents: If you want your child to go to school to be tested, then by all means, don’t opt them out.  But if you want your child to be a student that is excited to learn and not be tested like a guinea pig, then please, opt your child out NOW!  Secretary Murphy doesn’t care about parents, students, teachers or anything but his corporate education reform movement.  His love affair of all things standardized has marginalized YOUR child’s education.  The best way to stop this is to OPT OUT NOW!!!!!

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

3 thoughts on “High School Juniors in Delaware Are Getting Tested Beyond The Point of Insanity!!!!”

  1. DOE and Sec. Murphy have been aware of this for two years. Last year, grade 11 completed pilot so students suffered then as well. Make no mistake this has been known. As a an AP teacher of many grade 11 students, I communicared with both in both years. There has not been a plan to consider concern for these students, in a crucial transcript year. Also, do not let Rep. Jaques off as he also received communication explaining. Those in leadership clearly send the message that testing, data, SBAC run through is more important than DE students. I dont have room to respect those types of educators.

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