I’m sure if you go read the News Journal or any of the other Delaware media right now, you can read all about the release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment results. But guess what? None of it matters. That’s right, it doesn’t matter. It won’t impact your child (they are in a new grade), it won’t count against teachers (they got another skip year from it counting against them on their teacher evaluations), and it won’t count in the state’s School Report Card (cause it’s the first year). So really, does this have any bearing on your child’s education? No, it doesn’t. These tests never did.
It’s all about the companies getting the data, and telling us “Your schools are failing.” And how we need to fix them, and close the proficiency gaps, and get our kids college and career ready, and and and….blah blah blah
I have no clue what these results are going to say because I wasn’t invited to their embargoed press junket yesterday. I can only guess what they are going to say. I can picture Governor Markell saying something like “Most of our teachers were rated effective last year, but as we see with these test results, our students are not getting an effective education,” or his usual “There has never been a better time to be a person with the right skills, and never a worse time to be a person with the wrong skills.” He loves that one! Whatever he says, whoever he wants to blame, know that he doesn’t know any better. He has been swallowed by greed. He doesn’t care about your kid. He truly doesn’t. He cares about his buddies, the ones that are making money hand over fist at the expense of your child, or your student. He will smile for the camera, and write his big words, and take his tough-guy stance, but at the end of the day, he’s a snake. Inside, he is coiling and hissing, and waiting to strike. He already gave Eve the apple, and he’s just slithering around waiting for his next victims. Don’t believe a word he says, cause it’s all a pack of lies.
The Delaware DOE and their accomplices over at American Institutes for Research (AIR) are just as guilty as Markell. The DOE has no skin in this game, they are just “following policy”. Policy they helped to create. If Markell is the snake, they are the worms eating away at the apple that is public education. And the testing freaks over at AIR, who scare the living daylights out of me, they are the embodiment of evil. They set everything up for this moment, this time. When their decades of education “policy” got them to the exact place they wanted to be. They put the sticks in the pit, threw some gas on it, and waited. Now they have struck the match, and they are watching it all burn. Which is what they have wanted this whole time.
It doesn’t matter what your kid scored on this test. All you need to do is stop having your kid take this test. You can REFUSE THE TEST. Don’t let these companies (and the DOE is a very big company with lots of high-paid employees) turn your kid into something they don’t want your child to be: data. Your child is a living, breathing, unique gift on this planet. Your child is different than everyone else, because they are their own person. With real thoughts and emotions. They want to take that away from your family. They want to standardize your child. Don’t let them. Don’t you dare!
My son won’t take the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year. He is safely tucked away somewhere outside of the battle, and things like Common Core and standardized assessments, they don’t matter for him, at least not for a long time. So if this is the case, why do I care? It’s simple… I do. I care about all the victims of this grand larceny of public education. I care about the teachers and the schools. I care about the parents, most of which don’t have the first idea about what is happening to their child 180 days of the year. But most of all, I care about the kids. The ones who can’t speak for themselves. The ones who don’t have enough voices speaking for them. The ones whose hopes and dreams are drowning while the adults who should know better plot and scheme and say they are the ones “doing it for the kids”.
I’ve been writing about this stupid test for fifteen months, and fought the DOE and the Governor every step of the way. And I will continue to fight this until this test is gone, along with all the greed and fraud that came with it. For fifteen months, we’ve been on the defensive. Now we have the ball, and we are taking it all the way down the field for the biggest touchdown of all. Our next move will be the one NOBODY saw coming!