Delaware: House Ed Committee tables H.B.#334 Re: Smarter Balanced Assesment

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 334
  (Tabled in Committee)  

Primary Sponsor:

Scott

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Sokola

CoSponsors:

Rep. Heffernan

Introduced on :

05/08/2014

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATED TO EDUCATION.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill provides for the transition of the statewide student assessment system, the Delaware Comprehensive Student Assessment (DCAS), to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (Smarter). Specifically, the bill removes references to multiple assessments.

 

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   05/08/2014

  (Tabled in Committee)  

H.B #334 has been table in the House Education Committee which Rep Scott one of the bill’s sponsor is Chair of the committee.

Tabled means, “In parliamentary procedure, to table a bill simply means to set it aside for the moment. The phrase literally comes from setting the matter at hand down on the table beside the speaker. In common modern usage, this is a polite way of killing a bill because the speaker rarely picks bills back up from the table and they sit there indefinitely.”

As I see it, unless the state legislators amends the law. Delaware Code Title 14, Chapter 1, Subchapter III, State Public Education Assessment and Accountability System, Sub-Chapter 151 State Assessment System and Accountability; rule and regulations , Replacing DCAS with The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be illegal. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is piloting this year will selected schools / district.  

I have a hunch that our state legislators tabled H.B. #334 to bring it back via a sneak attack towards the end of legislative session and jamming it in there.

Senator Dave Sokola is one of the sponsors and is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee Representative Darryl Scott Chair of the House Education Committee and Representative Debra Heffernan wife of State Board Member G. Patrick Heffernan is the sole Co-Sponsor. Folks all three legislators signed on to the piece shit of legislation which is nothing more than a SELL-OUT of students, parents, teachers and the taxpayers. The change in state testing shifting the state standards test from a stand-alone state test to a nationalize standardize test is one of the links that is a gateway to expanded federal intervention and a nationalize database holding personal information about students and their parents down to discipline issues as far back as kindergarten. Worst of all it undermine local school board control. Local school board are already being pulled into irrelevancy like the Delaware State Board of Education. Hef talks a good game but he knows, don’t stray too far or his Markell shock-collar will go off. Rep. Scott is not seeking reelecting because many in the community are dissatisfied with him and he support for Sec of Ed Murphy joining Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change was a blunder.

I am telling you there is a sneak attack coming to amend the law to make The Smarter Balanced Assessment legal. Some say with H.B.#334 being table is dead! I don’t believe that and it will come back in a bundle package.

11 responses to “Delaware: House Ed Committee tables H.B.#334 Re: Smarter Balanced Assesment

  1. wow, now you sound like some of the 9-12 patriots or commentators on fox news chanting that Common Core is bringing evil mind control over our children and the government is harvesting all kinds of data on our kids and selling it to corrupt groups targeting children, all of which is nonsense. what’s next a showing of the film “Children of the Core”?

    Do you realize that each state controls their own data system and state assessment data is housed by that state, in fact its up to the state to contract with a vendor for the assessment, the Consortium will not administer the test or be the repository of data, that rests with each individual state, it is not in a national database shared with the federal government. Mike O can attest to that and has provided similar comments about the data dashboard on this site before.

    The shift in assessment is not about a national take over, its not about selling children’s data, its about a better measure of student performance against our current state standards. In fact the only thing this bill does is say that the test will no longer be a state mandated assessment given multiple times a year, but that the state assessment will be just once a year in the spring. Nowhere in the language of proposed code changes does it specify what test is used, in fact all it does is change the Delaware mandated state assessment to no longer be have to be given in the fall. It also specifies 3 – 8 and at least once in HS, which means grade 2 is not a part of the state assessment anymore.

    Your claim that it takes power away from local boards is completely bogus – this actually GIVES MORE authority to the local boards to determine whether they wish to create district or school-wide formative assessment that is common across their schools and classrooms rather than have that mandated by the state. Local boards already have the responsibility to approve district curriculum and text book purchases, that hasn’t changed. They set their calendar and bell schedule, they hire their teachers and school leaders, none of that has changed. But now they also have more opportunity to make some district based decisions about how they want to handle formative assessment, rather than have a mandated fall state test given during the first 30 days of the school year local school boards and superintendents get to make that call for themselves…I am baffled as to how or why you feel that is taking responsibilities away from them.

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    • Grade 2 was never part of the assessment. The code always read “3rd thru 8th.” Grade 2 was instituted as a “practice year” and this practice will likely continue with Smarter Balance.

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  2. John Young

    The shift in assessment is not about a national take over, its not about selling children’s data, its about a better measure of student performance against our current state standards.

    Prove it.

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  3. kilroysdelaware

    “In fact the only thing this bill does is say that the test will no longer be a state mandated assessment given multiple times a year, but that the state assessment will be just once a year in the spring. Nowhere in the language of proposed code changes does it specify what test is used, in fact all it does is change the Delaware mandated state assessment to no longer be have to be given in the fall. It also specifies 3 – 8 and at least once in HS, which means grade 2 is not a part of the state assessment anymore.”

    Right re: test, the “law”
    However, the multiple year assessment is law and that was rooted in shifting away from a one test tells all DSTP. So back the future we go! All the shit we went through with DSTP to move forwards and now we’re asking the legislators to send us back? I can’t wait to see the vote!

    “wow, now you sound like some of the 9-12 patriots” Funny as you are the one jumping from foxhole to foxhole re: IP But don’t worry I respect that and we’re still friends!

    As far as data and the consortium! This movement was about Common Core Standards and Data! If we want to protect data we shouldn’t be entering all into a data base identifiable to the student! Assessment test are just that. Childhood school behavior is just that! The only data maintained in a electronic data base should be grade transcripts. All student records beyond grade transcripts should be destroyed in three years of graduations, transfer or dropout and death!

    Any information entered into a state computer data base is not protected from the feds. Once the student graduates the “irrelevant” data should be destroyed!

    “school-wide formative assessment”

    District had their own assessments way before DSTP! And classroom teachers grade books provide some classroom level assessments! She / He has a gauge to where a student needs are! We don’t need the Smarter Balanced Consortium dictating to teachers. We need more teachers address obvious needs even through school assessments.

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  4. I proudly watched the first half of the committee hearing for the bill and saw the legis drilling the Secretary over this new test and why the DDE sold them a growth model test a few years ago as SOOOOO IMPORTANT and now was throwing it away for yet another late-year test. They asked wasn’t this going backwards. Murphy had no answers that made sense.

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    • The DOE, The Secretary and The DSEA do not want any consistency to befall the data. That would require the whole system to follow through on an accountability path that none of the parties involved want to proceed with. It’s all a show and any effort to tie student performance to teacher accountability will fail on purpose. I am not attempting to claim it should succeed because the all the parameters are so far removed from rational that it would end up with a class action lawsuit from the teachers at the DOE. The real problem is the huge waste of capital and resources used just for a show that no Educational professional in the State wants to succeed.

      Students should be able to pass benchmarks and they should be very clear. Teachers should have to teach specific benchmarks and that should be very clear. Students not capable of said benchmarks (i.e. autism, IQ, developmentally delayed, etc.) should not be part of the test pool. None of this is clear so any test considered, fails.

      Murphy like O’Mara are nothing more than appointees that Markel hired to do only what he told them. Nothing more.

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    • There were also quite a few teachers complaining about the upcoming DPAS II changes at the DOE Board Meeting. I want to say there were 4-5 that gave public comments.

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  5. I listened to the DOE Board Meeting, and I heard Johnson saying she was there, and she was amazed at how many misconceptions there are out there about all this, and wants to have an information night so people “get the right information”.

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    • That sounds like what Johnson would say about any subject in which people do not agree with her position…they are misinformed. #arrogant

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    • alsonewarkmom

      Don’t forget Johnson (via the Delaware PTA) is being paid by Gates to promote Common Core. Her’s is hardly an unbias opinion.

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  6. In response to the bill not passing, the state’s back-up plan is to go back to DCAS, which I heard from a very good source, and the contract for that expires at the end of September this year. I think the state is thinking “this has to pass” or “we are all screwed”.

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