“Opting out is something actually that I’m concerned about, because at the end of the day we’re putting so many state resources into education you have to have instruments to measure them.”
Avi Wolfman-Arent sat down with four members of the 148th General Assembly recently to cover topics in education such as parent opt out of standardized testing, Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, and the proposed redistricting of schools in Wilmington.
The four members, Senators Dave Sokola and Ernie Lopez and State Reps. Earl Jaques and Kevin Hensley, all seemed to agree on parent opt out. They don’t want it. But the above quote, attributed to Lopez, shows a glimpse of the legislators mindset. All this money has gone into the Smarter Balanced Assessment, so they are afraid it will be wasted. Resources = money for politicians, but I don’t think these four understand the human dynamic at play here. Parents don’t want THIS test.
Tomorrow, school starts again after Spring Break, and many schools will either start or continue administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Do not let politicians sway you one way or another over issues that once again come down to money. It’s about what is good for your child, not funding. If you want to opt out your child, it is never too late.
“That said, the opt out movement seems not to have penetrated the mainstream inside Legislative Hall.”
Avi is awesome, and he offers a much different slant to education news reporting, but this line he wrote is biased based on who he is interviewing. I can name other legislators who are very much for it, but they weren’t interviewed. We will find out how much penetration the movement has on April 22nd, when the House Education Committee meets to discuss House Bill 50, the parent opt out bill.