Rep Jaques speaks out and is heading for the wrong side of history re: Parent opting-out of testing

Opting Out Is Not A Viable Option Earl Jaques 4:57 p.m. EDT March 15, 2015

I will come right out and say it: I do not agree with the movement for parents to opt their children out from standardized testing. I have several reasons for that, but I want to acknowledge that while I don’t agree, I understand why some parents, teachers and advocates are pushing for this. They are frustrated by a system that does not function as well as it should, with different versions of tests seemingly being rolled out every couple years and students and schools being labeled as failing when that might not reflect the entire picture.

Pal you just poured gasoline on the fire! You see the concerns that are valid but yet stay on your knees for Markell! 

These are all valid concerns, and whether you believe that opt-out is viable or not, we all share the same common goals: We want our children to be successful, and for that to happen, we need to ensure that our schools are functioning well and our teachers have the resources they need to educate their students. I believe that standardized testing plays an important role in this.

You missed the point! Even the President of Delaware PTA is saying she will opt-out! We don’t share you goals of federal intervention in local issue! 

Is there too much testing? Absolutely. But while much of the focus on standardized testing is on the federally required tests, a sizable amount is state- or district-administered. That is why I joined with Governor Markell Thursday calling for a comprehensive review of all state/district testing and assessment.

You better pack your back because you’ll be leaving office just like Markell. And the state has no business in local district testing and WHY NOW? It all about smoke and mirrors trying to manipulate parents reducing district level test to protect The Smarter Balanced Assessment! You’re play parents for idiots and it will backfire! 

We must remember that the Smarter Balanced assessment is supposed to be a measuring stick – not a whip to induce pain on our children and teachers. When I graduated from high school I had to compete with children from within our state. But today, our children compete against children across our nation – and even globally – for jobs and schooling opportunities.

Are you on CRACK?? Do you have any idea what stress this test will have on special needs student? Go get em John Young! Global bullshit Rep. Jaques! 

The idea of “opting out” sounds appealing to some parents. Removing their child from testing is a form of protest and a way for them to take ownership of the situation. But consider the side effects. Imagine a class of 25 students where five opt out of the tests. What message does that send to the other 20 children who have to take the test?  

What message are you sending staying on your Markell knee pads to push the Wall Street agenda that feeds off of testing and the “required” learning materials needed! Again, you just poured gasoline on the fire and PTA better lead the charge or we’ll call for opting out of PTA !

To be clear, I do not support test scores being part of the teacher evaluation system. I have joined my colleagues in requesting an additional year be added before we allow test scores to be part of the teacher evaluation system as part of our state’s ESEA waiver process.

If you don’t support it end it! You don’t make sense! You say you don’t support it but are joining your colleagues to delay it one year and then apply it to evaluations! 

Lastly, the consequences of opt-out policies remain largely unknown. In other states where opt-out policies are in place, opt-out rates are far from uniform across demographic groups, which could compromise the data we receive from the tests and jeopardize our federal Title I funding.

There are no specific laws federal or state prohibiting parents from opting-out their children from the Smarter Balanced Assessment and since you mentioned Title 1 you better read up on Title 1 Section 1118 that was ignored when designing Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Title 1 parents are to be included in such decision!

 I sympathize with those parents, teachers and advocates who have grievances with our current standardized testing system, and I am committed to working with all stakeholders to tackle this problem to benefit our children and grandchildren. We disagree on the opt-out method, but we are heading toward the same goal. 

You’re full of shit! And you are victimizing children for the sake of Governor Markell’s egotistic honor! And what about the Special Needs children ??? They should not be tied to your social whipping post!  

Advertisements

5 responses to “Rep Jaques speaks out and is heading for the wrong side of history re: Parent opting-out of testing

  1. Joanne Christian

    Oh Kilroy……..Let me at…….

    “schools being labeled as failures, when that might not reflect the entire picture (sic) ”

    SAY WHAT? Oh. So you as part of the legislature, the DOE, and Governor, just went around labeling, redirecting, and rerouting schools to mess with the lunch tables?

    OH NO HE DIDN”T ??? “when I graduated from high school I had to compete with kids from within our state…now (sic) nationally–globally”
    Hola! Delaware sent many a student (and still does) to the Ivies, the military academies, MIT, VT, Georgia Tech, etc..By golly, we even had SATs back then too. Yup, your big pharmacy, chemical, and banking industries, were just so hesitant to send their white-collar, high earning, educated, skilled personnel here and get that stank of a Delaware public education on them and theirs. Current DuPonters are continually reminded, that foreign employee would love to have your Delaware high tech job, bring their family here, and work for half—but since that Delaware public educated employee is already here……..What were you competing with in-state kids for? A pie-eating contest? Some of else went elsewhere. Because we could. And still can. And we even came back to see our kids educated just as well.
    Now this next part, I just had to just paste it all, because “it all messed up”…….

    The idea of “opting out” sounds appealing to some parents. Removing their child from testing is a form of protest and a way for them to take ownership of the situation. But consider the side effects. Imagine a class of 25 students where five opt out of the tests. What message does that send to the other 20 children who have to take the test?

    Appealing as in dessert tray? Or appealing as in a preference when I’ve been given one? Maybe you meant to write “appalling”. Yes, I am apalled it has come to “opting out” (your term not mine) in the retraction of state/federal privileges you as a supporter have indulged and promulgated in education that interferes with privacy and supports profit. Consider it as privilege denied, because you abused it. It goes with that little civics lesson from a public school education about rights and responsibilities on both sides.

    Form of protest…..and then go on to explain my ownership? No thanks Dr. Phil. Oh, but turn-around is fair play. So if it’s not ownership of my situation—does that mean the state/feds have “ownership” of my situation? As in my kid? Might want to check yourself.

    And those 20 “other kids”? What message does it send? Why it’s a mixed message sir. Just like the spin coming from Dover and DC. But let’s start with—” Welcome children…..you are here, and we have work to do….” Because in my book, a teacher sets a tone for the classroom. Is a professional. And will continue in that vein, and carry-on the day in the most professional, supportive, and instructive way, he/she has been contracted to do. Any run-off discussion will be handled in a dignified, and again, professional manner. Should those 20 children have any greater insight, than some absences–well maybe they’ll understand….”we’ve got your back”, or “we make our decisions independently”. But really sir. They are children. and I’d like to message, they are there and there is work to be done. I can trust the teachers.

    And lastly, “compromise the data”. And Title 1 Funding? Well, “Dollars to Data in Delaware” may be the latest on-line game in “edxutive” ventures—but I wasn’t shopping, I’m not buying, and you are not compromising my child for 6 cents on the dollar. And that lousy overall 6 cents contribution should NEVER have been the tail to wag the dog in the first place—and YOU should have cried foul (and others) a LONG time ago.

    Title 1 Funding was here long before the SBA. A compromised political compass is no way to justify the usurping, and strong arming of either rights or participation.

    Bye Felicia.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Bravo Joanne! Get back on that APPO board and kick some education policy butt this year.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. “opt-out rates are far from uniform across demographic groups, which could compromise the data…”

    Meaning – the well informed more affluent parents will opt their kids out and the less informed poorer students won’t be so the tests will be even lower and Delaware will look even worse

    Like

  4. Joanne Christian

    Well then using that logic of affluence……”more Title 1 money for us!”.

    And using “affluent and informed” is a real buzzkill to “working stiff and informed”, or “unemployed and informed”, “grandmother, guardian, and informed”, “disabled and informed”, or your basic “interested and informed”.

    And actually Arthur, believe it or not, the “demographic groups” (if you ever read anything on this), were far more over wedge political issues in this matter, and not a socio-economic highlight.

    Like