Update April 22, 2012 From blog Children and Educators March 2011 Report to SBOE Fails To Rule Out Exit Exams for Graduation ”The DDOE will determine, pending state legislation and subsequent policy decision, whether the EOC assessments will be a requirement for graduation and/or factor in course grades.”
I am counting on Transparent Christina and Children and Educators First to expand on this topic.
By now you all should know about the Common Core Standards Governor Markell signed parents and students up for without public input prior to making the decision. Common Core Standards is tracking to be tied to Smarter Balanced Assessment. which will be tied to End-of-Course (EOC) exams. All these programs aligned can be manipulated into high school exit exams (my strong opinion). But there seems to be a movement calling into question exit exams. Surely we can blame the unions! How dare they stand in the way of making your kids take a high school exit exam ( being sarcastic). Delaware is already sowing the seeds for EOCs. See here Delaware End-of-Course Assessments.
From USDOE site “Sufficient items and an EOC test builder enhancement will be developed to support EOC testing through the Interim Assessment system. Spring 2013 / Fall 2014″
Sure I can be spinning allot bullshit here but like Race to The Top and Common Core Standards Delaware parents did not take part in the decision-making process. Not even Title 1 parents who by law Title 1 Section 1118 are required to be part of the planning and review of programs associated with Title 1. Delaware has a history of buying into education programs and then pouring the Kool-Aid after the fact.
But rest-assure, all this tweaking and changes throughout this round of education reform will have it’s negative impact. Do remember, NCLB was the save-all program! Do remember Delaware DSTP was the reform movement that was going to get it right! Who is benefiting from all this testing and changes in curriculum / standards? Of course I am going to say Wall Street!
I’ve said it before, every-time they go to reform public education more administrators and consultants are added. Also, poverty is a profit center.
Food for thought for you charter school parents and the new charter school queen, all this federal intrusion will disrupt your charter schools and funding as always will be underfunded shift greater financial burden on the schools. Am I lying or not! Didn’t Jack Markell cut transportation funding to local school districts and charter schools last year?
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