Love it or hate it, the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the most controversial test in Delaware right now. Parents are opting out, most teachers hate it, legislators wish it would go away. But Governor Markell thinks it is the best test Delaware ever made. Is it right for students to have to take a test created and graded by outside companies? Iss the test fair for ALL students? Should schools and teachers be rated and evaluated based on these results? Is proficiency important or over-rated? Is the test easy or hard? Were parents pleased with their child’s results or disappointed? Do they even care? Discuss!
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SBAC was foisted on Delaware with no public process of note.
My opinion as the parent of a child who receives special education services . . . While many typically developing students are struggling with these standards, it is important to remember that ALL students are expected to master these goals annually, whether they have autism, Down Syndrome, language processing or physical impairments or are just learning English. The Common Core is a recipe for failure for large numbers of students, and these failures will then be blamed upon their teachers. The standards and the tests are unproven, designed with no input from experts in child development or special education, and have no provision for reflection, revision or independent validation. This hugely expensive “reform” driven by corporate interests who are profiting off public education dollars must be stopped now before it can inflict any more harm upon our students, our teachers and our public schools.