Folks there is a grassroots movement growing in Delaware that is calling for parents to opt their children out of taking Delaware’s standardized test called The Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Smarter Balanced Assessment has not been approved by Delaware legislators as the current “law” requires a three part assessment re: growth model test such as with DCAS the current state assessment test. The Delaware Department of Education is moving forward with The Smarter Balanced Assessment as part of Governor Markell’s education agenda. Even the pilot test of The Smarter Balanced Assessment being conducted this year seems illegal. Word has it Senator David Sokola is crafting a sneak-attack legislation that will be injected it other legislation being pushed at the end of legislative session.
As for as Delaware teachers unions and the Delaware PTA, if they come out supporting parents re: opting out of the test! We need be skeptical of their involvement. Teacher unions, the opt-out would support their goal of not wanting to be accountable to this test. I support not holding teachers accountable to a wrongheaded state assessment test. However, their involvement isn’t all about the love for students! Delaware teacher unions supported Race to The Top signing the Race to The Top MOU and in fact the former president of DSEA was a member of the state’s Race to The Top team that went to Washington successful securing a Race to The Top $$$$$ win. Delaware’s RTTT application supported changes to the standards aka Common Core Standards and new assessment test to be aligned with those standards. Our teacher union have been doing a lot of bitching about the new reforms but fail to paint Governor Jack Markell as the Delaware ringleader / Wall Street gatekeeper. It was Governor Markell’s education agenda that drove participation in Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment! At the end of the day, our Delaware teacher unions have reform blood-stains on their hands. I support labor but fuck the snakes within who don’t tell the truth about the love affair with Jack Markell. Then there is the tactful fence-sitter spitting in both direction! One way or another little prince!
As for the Delaware PTA, I am catching heat by waiting for documented proof Delaware PTA supports Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. They have been engaged in a information campaign “informing” parents of these changes. But I am being told Delaware PTA is politically bias towards Governor Markell. I can’t see how Delaware PTA could come out supporting the test opt-out after being an apparent cheerleaders for Rodel and Markell. I am still waiting for documentation stating Delaware PTA “endorses” these programs. However, PTA communications does seem to be laced with supporting theses programs and there is nothing suggest they oppose any of them! So parents need to hear what Delaware PTA’s actual position is. If Delaware PTA wants to roll with the consensus of the day and adapt positions, I think that would be unhealthy. So yes, where is Delaware PTA on the battle field?
So folks and supporters of the Opt-out movement! Pleased be careful of jumping on any union or State PTA Opt-out wagon. Transparent Christina raises concerns that PTA membership fees help the support efforts on a state PTA agenda not really supported by local school PTAs. When Delaware PTA speaks publicly there may be an assumption that voice is unified through the school level PTAs. I can see this concern!
Do keep in mind, a legislative Sokola sneak attack is in the makings to give The Smarter Balanced Assessment the green light!