Presentation by Department of Education on Development and Implementation of the Common Core State Standard
Folks listen-up! The Smarter Balanced Assessment is not legal under Delaware Title 14 laws that governs public education.
This is the current the law:
Education Free Public Schools
CHAPTER 1. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Subchapter III. State Public Education Assessment and Accountability
System § 151 State assessment system; rules and regulations.
(b) Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the Department shall begin to administer both accountability and growth assessments of student achievement for students in grades 3 through 8, provided that additional grades may be added by the Department. One assessment shall occur within 30 school days of the beginning of the academic year, the second assessment shall occur at a time established by the Department which will allow its results to guide education of students within the current school year. In addition, the Department shall administer end of course assessments in appropriate high school grades.
The law says, growth assessments with one within 30 days of the beginning of the academic year, another within middle and another at end of course at the high school level. The Smarter Balance Assessment is a once a year spring test. Yes the district can use their own assessment for the other two requirements. However, the district tests across districts and charter schools are not the same and not aligned. The data results will be skewed! Also note, the legal charge is to the Department of Education to administer. Folks allowing districts free run of the first two assessment without proper security skews the entire state assessment process. Also, The Smarter Balanced Assessment is not a growth model based assessment! Being at the end of the year it has no value towards implementation of student academic intervention needs during the academic year. This process will either require students to be held back, pushed ahead when not ready or summer school whereas, intervention during the year could provide a different outcome. Also, The Smarter Balance Assessment will be the test charter schools look at and who know some day colleges and universities “might” want a peek.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment is driven by the Common Core Standards. Ask Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf when did the Delaware legislators approved the Common Core Standards? THEY DIDN’T. This joint meeting is the seed to amend Title 14 that permits Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment to be law. Senator Sokola and Representative Scott will introduce legislators or have Schwartzkopf little puppet Rep. Longhurst to sponsor such legislation. And yes Rep. Hudson will do as Longhurst says!
Parents and teachers I am tell you, the joint meeting is the seed of hell! Raise your voice now and make it be known, NO!
Teachers and teacher union leaders PLEASE PLEASE stand up and say no to Common Core Standards and no to The Smarter Balance Assessment! Do it Please! It’s for the kids!