I strongly encourage everyone in Delaware to go to the Assessment Inventory Task Force meeting tonight at the Delaware Dept. of Education Townsend Building in Dover at 5:00pm. The transparency surrounding this task force has been horrible. When Senate Joint Resolution #2 was discussed during the Senate Education Committee meeting last June, the audience was told these would be public meetings with full transparency. We are now seeing that isn’t the case at all. I’m really not sure where the minutes are for this because there are none. We can thank Senator David Sokola for this. Tonight’s meeting is the third meeting and no minutes have been listed on the SJR #2 page. You would think the DOE would also put minutes for this group on their website since it was their idea anyways, but no. Unless you go to these meetings, we have no idea what they are doing.
For those thinking “Why should I go? It’s not like they care about my input anyways!”, you are probably right. But we need all eyes on this. When asked if the Smarter Balanced Assessment would be a part of this conversation, Governor Markell’s Education Policy Advisor Lindsay O’Mara said:
“Absolutely, yes, all assessments will be the subject of discussion. We were all invited together to have a discussion about assessments. Hopefully those discussions will be grounded in the reality of the cycle of state legal requirements around assessments. But were happy to have any conversation around any assessment that any member of this group would put on the table.”
Time to live up to that promise Lindsay! If we want this task force to Achieve it’s original promise, then we need to start making sure it is wide open to all.
Updated 15 minutes later. The minutes for the second meeting are out there, but I could only find them on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar in draft form:
So I ask again: where is the conversation about Smarter Balanced being put on the table? Or is the Smarter Balanced the power brokers behind this that want to eat up all the other assessments unless they support SBAC? And I see a whole let of Achieve Inc. mentions in these minutes. Speaking of power brokers…