The Delaware Department of Education just presented the 2017 Smarter Balanced, SAT, and DCAS-Alt1 preliminary results to the Delaware State Board of Education. Even though scores were up and down, the Department is excited by the magnificent work of… and that’s about it! As the poor guy next to me was snoring through the presentation, I listened to the whole thing. The only thing I cared about was that every district and charter school met or exceeded the 95% participation rate. Which means opt out rates are going down. Which means more Delaware parents are okay with their kids being tested, catalogued, tracked, and data shared with corporate education companies. That is nothing to celebrate. We need opt out numbers to increase and have ALL districts and charters crack that 95% barrier and plummet down to 90% or even 0% in the event of a miracle.
To see the rigorous and vigorous results (not really, just trying to add some super pizazz here), see below. Sorry, I just can’t take this test or the results seriously it all. They are about as important as wrapping paper after you open a gift.