With rampant closings brought on by the ongoing Coronavirus saga it is imperative the Delaware Department of Education cancels the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Any longtime reader of this blog knows my thoughts on this worthless and flawed test. But it is here and until our legislators agree to dump it the test will stay here. But this year is different.
As schools in Delaware prepare to close beginning next week for a two week “disinfecting”, the Smarter Balanced Assessment officially began earlier this month. The test is not given at the same time in every school district or charter school. Some last until the end of April or early May. While giving SBAC in Delaware is a federal requirement, the test should disappear this year.
What are your thoughts? Should the Delaware DOE cancel the test? If schools are closed it would be impossible to have kids do it from home as there must be an instructor watching the kids take the test. A Pennsylvania legislator already introduced legislation to get rid of their state test this year. Should Delaware follow suit?