While this may not seem like a huge number, keep in mind that more than 5% can cause huge problems with the construct of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Capital was the first district in Delaware to have their board pass a resolution honoring a parents decision to opt their child out of standardized testing with no penalty from the district.
I must admit, I wasn’t hearing from too many Capital parents throughout the whole opt out season, and now I know why. They weren’t reading about opt out, they were just doing it! This is good news, no, make that great news. Now I am understanding why Markell is on the warpath against parent opt out. And it is now becoming clear that all his initiatives: reduce “other” tests, have students that do well on Smarter Balanced not taking “remedial” classes at Delaware colleges and universities, they are all meant to get parents to change their mind.
As the very first parent to opt their child out of Capital, I must say I am very pleased with these numbers. And if I am hearing it right, they are rising. More to come on this later I’m sure!