Like a record with a skip, that keeps playing the same song over and over again, the Delaware Department of Education continues to praise traditional district schools and charter schools that are known to have very small populations of low-income students. They can try to celebrate the “growth” and “gains” on this test, but until I get verification on what their cut scores were for both last year and this year, it is pointless to see any type of gain or growth. We already know students don’t receive all the same items on this test so it’s viability is already out the window.
This Department is so out of touch with reality I don’t think they could turn it around even if they tried. They are so embedded in the false ideologies and agendas that seek to destroy public education they don’t seem to be able to see the reality behind it all. They are blinded by their own power. It is, in some respects, very sad to see. We are a small state, which should work in our favor. Instead, we have our schools, students, educators, parents, and tax-paying citizens suffering from a state Department that thrives on rigor and accountability. They are supported by a Governor that is not influenced by these agendas, but helped to create them. I eagerly await major changes and for those who have the power to change things to wake up from this long nightmare. I urge parents to opt out of this horrible test and keep their children far away from it.
Last winter, Dr. Peg Luksik from Founded on Truth, was part of a presentation on the Common Core standards. Many parents who participated in this even said this was what truly opened their eyes to what is happening in education in America. Many joined the opt-out movement in Delaware as a result.
On Tuesday, September 8th, Dr. Luksik will be giving a free tele-conference for folks wanting to know how “cut scores” tie in to the Common Core agenda. Cut scores are the benchmarks in the high-stakes testing that put a student on a track of “proficient” or “not proficient”. The details are here:
Join Dr. Peg Luksik for a free Teleconference call on September 8!
When: Tuesday September 8 from 8pm ET to 8:30pm ET How: Call 641-715-3580 with code 249-850 to join! What: A 30 minute class on When The Tests Lie (Part 2).
Learn about the fallacies behind the concept of “cut scores” and how they are used to manipulate results to achieve the political agenda of Common Core.
The spinsters at the Delaware DOE are at it again. They have the Smarter Balanced scores, and they know they are terrible. So how do you get the public behind you? How does a State Department remain unscathed in the whole debacle? You blame. You scapegoat. But it won’t work. One, because I know. Two, because parents aren’t as dumb as you think they are and you have ALWAYS underestimated them. And Three, it makes absolutely no sense at all.
A couple years ago, the DOE wanted teachers to submit potential material for the Smarter Balanced Assessments. This is not a lie. This happened. But it’s what American Institutes for Research (AIR) and their psychometrics division did with that material that made the Smarter Balanced Assessment what it is. The devious ways in which questions were created, the whole “wrong answer is right but a right answer with a bad explanation is wrong” came from the demented people who created this test. The folks behind AIR have been crafting public policy for three quarters of a century. Did you really think they wouldn’t create a test that served their perverted worldview?
Teachers are NOT to blame for what so many of us parents opted our children out of. That rests solely on the Delaware DOE and their contracted vendors. Like the one we have spent $38 million on the past five years, AIR. Delaware teachers also did NOT set the benchmarks for these tests. That was done by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. They set the cut scores last November. And I’m sure the states will adjust them accordingly to serve their own purposes.
The spin that is about to be thrust upon this state most likely didn’t even come from the DOE or Governor Markell, but one of the consultants the DOE loves to hire. Here is a novel idea DOE: if you want to solve the whole problem with the Smarter Balanced scores, just get rid of the test. Problem solved!