The FairTest website, for the past two weeks, has Delaware opt-out in the news. In their synopsis from two weeks ago, they had Dr. Terri Hodges and Yvonne Johnson, both with the Delaware PTA, covered in their weekly news with their very awesome editorial in the News Journal. In last week’s news, they covered the letter State Rep. John Kowalko and I wrote to the News Journal. Kowalko did NOT get co-authorship from the News Journal for our letter.
I’m very glad to see little old Delaware get noticed for our growing opt-out movement. The noise will get louder as long as the Smarter Balanced Assessment is still on the table. You know, the test that is included in the “assessment inventory” but was called “The best test Delaware ever made,” by Governor Markell today in a speech at a reformy non-profit in D.C.
For those who may not be aware, the next step for House Bill 50 is the Senate Education Committee meeting tomorrow, 3pm, at Legislative Hall in Dover. If it passes there, and then the full Senate, will Governor Markell sign into law a bill designed to not punish schools and students over this “best test”? Or will he veto the legislation, dragging the House Bill 50 out over the rest of the month, or possibly into next January? Either way expect some fireworks!