The Delaware Department of Education apparently has their “business” rules for participation rate on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. While these are more technical, they do show an obvious ignorance of a parent’s right to opt their child out of the high-stakes assessment. For those parents who are concerned about the data sharing aspect of the test, I would make sure you opt your child out well before the test window even opens up for your school. Because if they answer six questions on either ELA or Math, they count as a participant. There are a lot of tricky rules in this, so I would read each one very carefully to determine if your child or student will be counted as a participant or not. Of course, none of this takes away from your ability to opt your child out. I highly recommend doing it as soon as possible and ending this high-stakes testing madness!