Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy appeared on The Delaware Way with host Larry Mendte over the weekend. The subject was standardized testing. When Mendte asked Murphy point blank if parents were allowed to opt their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, Murphy said “Absolutely not.”
I’m not sure what world Murphy is living in, but his own DOE has publicly stated there is nothing they can do about it. There is no law prohibiting or allowing it, so parents can, have and will opt their children out. I would strongly suggest Mark Murphy gets a reality check. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a joke, and parents are realizing this more and more every day. I really hope House Bill 50 passes the House and Senate, and it puts Governor Markell in a position of either approving it and following the will of his constituents, or denying it and looking like a complete fool.
In the meantime, watch Murphy in all his grinning glory.