This makes me sick. All that time, wasted. What did this assessment inventory accomplish? Not a heck of a lot. That’s for sure. Just another notch in the DOE’s bedpost sucking away money from public education, yet again. A bunch of people got together, but at the end of the day we still have Smarter Balanced and districts still have assessments. So what was the point of all this? Oh yeah, it was the “antidote” to opt out. We still have the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Let me reiterate. We still have it. Even though everyone NOT affiliated with the DOE and Markell’s pals in the General Assembly said “Get rid of it”.
I don’t remember all the talk about computer-based assessments as a best path forward. How about those who attended a lot of these meetings? Do you remember that? And I’m sorry. I don’t know Equetta Jones at all aside from a public comment she gave at a Red Clay board meeting. But the “parent” representative was picked by Governor Markell and she showed up to one meeting, the first one. I don’t know her circumstances, but if she was unable to commit to being on the committee, she should have resigned. All that time was wasted when a parent (who is not also a teacher) could have been giving worthwhile feedback. State Rep. Kim Williams noted in public comment at one of the meetings that she reached out to the Delaware DOE about this without any response. Once again, parents were completely shut out as if our opinions don’t matter at all. The usual kick in the back by those who know best.
Here is the final report folks. I predicted months ago nothing of great importance would come of it. It was a distraction, pure and simple.