Governor Markell wants ALL students to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. He isn’t getting his way. What you are seeing with his announcements about “reducing” other standardized assessments and the whole Delaware colleges and universities and Smarter Balanced is basically a hissy fit of epic proportions on a political level. Why didn’t Markell throw all these carrots out there before the test started? Because he didn’t know the opt out movement in Delaware would become as big as it has.
House Bill 50 will be heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Please read my most recent posts to get all the information on that. What Markell loathes and hates is any mention of the words “opt out” in the media. Because every time someone hears those words, at least ten more kids opt out. House Bill 50 will generate a great deal of media attention.
Governor Markell banked on the opt out movement not getting a lot of attention in Delaware. He didn’t count on parents like me pushing the envelope on it to such a degree. Delaware is a very unique state. We tend to run behind on the trends of other states. There are various reasons for this. Our media has been accused of being biased towards corporate interests and political associations. Folks in Delaware don’t question items of interest and controversial issues as much as other states.
Jack Markell is fuming in his own head. He probably thought the Smarter Balanced Assessment would go off without a hitch. His own ego wouldn’t allow the possibility of parents rising up and turning the conversation around. Well guess what Jack, it’s happening, and we are NOT done talking! We are forcing the conversation to those who are in a position to listen AND act. If it’s all about politics with them, we will make them act based on that. But I have to think many legislators are now wondering what the political fallout for them may be if they vote no on House Bill 50. This is a bi-partisan bill with bi-partisan backing from the citizens of Delaware. If Markell was crying in his sleep over opt out numbers a week ago, wait until he sees what they are a week from now!