Delaware may eliminate some school testing
Citing the stress that Smarter Balanced will put on their kids and schools, a small but vocal group of parents — some of them teachers — have chosen to “opt their students out” of the new exam.
Rep. Earl Jaques, who chairs the House Education Committee, said the state’s effort to eliminate tests should hopefully ease parents’ and teachers’ concerns. But he joined Markell in saying opting out isn’t the answer for students.
“Is there too much testing? Absolutely,” Jaques said. “And this shows we’re trying to do something about that. But to me, opt-out is admitting failure, and that’s not the American way.”
Many teachers have also expressed concerns about how the new test will be used in their personnel evaluations. This year’s scores on Smarter Balanced will not factor into those evaluations, but many educators have called for an extra year on top of that to transition to a regime for students.
Both Markell and Murphy both said they were “having positive conversations” with federal officials about that possibility.
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