This may provide schools with an incentive to encourage student participation in the assessment system.
I would think, after seeing the abysmal Smarter Balanced Assessment results for Delaware, especially for students with disabilities, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens would change it’s tune on parent opt-out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. But in their public comment for Regulation 103, which the State Board shot down for action yesterday, they felt the participation rate penalty could be a good way for schools to convince parents the kids need to take the test.
What is it with this council? I appreciate a lot of the work they do. Don’t get me wrong on that. But this is HUGE. Yes, it is a group with the word Governor in it, but that doesn’t mean they have to stick with his opinions. I would love it if they could give any factual basis for their claims aside from the News Journal. This isn’t the first time they have based their opinions on articles in the News Journal. Don’t read a newspaper, or even my own blog. Just look at the statistics for students with disabilities on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. 10% in Math, 15% in ELA. That’s ALL you need to know. These are kids. And I’m sure a lot of them wanted to do good on this test. Imagine the pain and confusion they will feel when they get their results. Imagine the struggles they had taking this test. It’s not right, and it isn’t fair that a group of adults speaking for these children should go against the public consensus on this. This test is horrible, and everyone knows it.
I’ve met Robert Overmiller and Wendy Strauss, and they are good people. I know quite a few members on this council. I just don’t get why they would do this. Luckily, this Regulation is going to be reviewed and hopefully reworked. But I would love a compelling reason why they are so adamantly against parent opt-out.