A parent in the Appoquinimink School District informed me one of the schools is actually doing this. Right after students finish the Smarter Balanced Assessment, they will immediately do their MAP testing. Apparently the testing overlords don’t want to give the kids a break. Gee, maybe they might be tired of testing? This is equivalent to having someone do a marathon and then going to basic training immediately after. Is it any wonder parents hate standardized assessments? I say opt them out of both if school districts are going to have this asinine behavior.
Meanwhile, in one school in Appo, they canceled a field trip to the Old State Elementary School because it fell on a day of Smarter Balanced testing. Forget that April is, you know, Education History Month! Who cares about history anyways? Who wants to see Colonial technology and fashion when they can sit in front of a computer screen and take high-stakes tests? How boring and trite! Who wants to reminisce about a time when education actually existed and students learned more than how to take a test?
Delaware Parents: Take back control! Slay the testing beast! Tell your schools to banish testing rigor from your child’s life!