Dr. Mervin Daugherty was present at the Red Clay Consolidated Board of Education meeting just two weeks ago when their board unanimously approved a resolution supporting parent opt-out without penalty to students. Dr. Michael Thomas was present at the Capital Board of Education meeting last October when their board passed the same resolution.
So can someone tell me why Red Clay teachers are telling their students not to opt out or they will get a zero on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and their school’s scores will go down? And why this is coming to them in orders from a district levels to let students know? And why did Capital School District tell WHYY/Newsworks education reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent they were able to talk 1/3rd of the opt out requests they received from parents into taking the test?
“Burgoyne says the district has convinced about a third of the parents who considered opting out to ultimately let their children take the Smarter Balanced exam.”
This article also has figures that conflict with other reported figures. Capital Board member Matt Lindell publicly stated his district had 11% opt-out according to the district offices. But the Newsworks article says only 34 students have opted out. The article talks about students who have been “formally opted out” with their numbers. What does “formally” even mean? Is this where they have been taken out of the computer system or the school “approved” a request, like Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick has publicly stated?
This is just another reason why House Bill 50 needs to pass so these districts are consistent with not only their reporting of opt-outs, but also veiled threats or “convincing” parents and students receive. I don’t see all these state agencies, groups, and corporate interest-lobbyists talking about that aspect of any of this.