I thought this was one of the best parts of the Senate Education Committee meeting last Wednesday. One of the speakers, John Radell with the Mid-Atlantic Education Alliance, effectively eviscerated the very curriculum, and yes I will call it a curriculum Governor Markell, that the Smarter Balanced Assessment is based on. Well done John Radell!
I’m John Radell, I’m with Mid-Atlantic Education Alliance. And what we know about Smarter Balanced. It’s not a measure of academic achievement. It’s a measure of how a child responds to stressful situations. This test does not measure accountability of academic change. Every professional in the country, and we have a DVD here we certainly invite you to watch, by Dr. Peg Luksik and Sandra Stosky, who helped design Common Core. And Kathy Jasper who was a vice-principal at a Florida high school. All different parties, all different persuasions, have said this is an absolute disaster. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is designed to fortify whether they are teaching Common Core, not academic standards. So last time I looked, our children are not lab rats or guinea pigs that we experiment on. This is an experiment. Bill Gates helped design the system, has now said it will take ten years to determine if it works or not. Well guess what, our kids don’t have ten years. What you’re telling me, is a child going into 2nd grade now that’s a failure, has wasted those whole ten years. This test is so bad, the curriculum is so bad, that the President of Princeton University just said “Any child that goes through ten years of Common Core and Smarter Balanced will not be able to get into Princeton University. We’re hurting our children, not helping them. We don’t need more gimmicks. If you want something that works, and you need standardized testing, then look at the Massachusetts Education Law of 1993. That was designed by Sandra Stosky, the one who I said was on Common Core, who resigned from Common Core cause she called it empty skillsets. So were testing a test based on empty skillsets. So what we need to do is start bringing experts here to talk about what the best way is to educate our children, test it, and implement it. We’re testing this on our children. These kids don’t have time. And were not going to be able to go back in five or six years and go “Oh, this didn’t work, our kids are really dumb now. Sorry about this.” What are you going to do with those kids? Are you telling me your willing to sacrifice a whole generation of children to find out this thing didn’t work? It’s wrong. It’s wrong for our children, and that’s why parents deserve the right to opt out.