Background Representatives of higher education have been working closely with K–12 colleagues on the development of the Smarter Balanced assessments. This partnership is important because a primary goal of Smarter Balanced is that colleges and universities use student performance on the Grade 11 summative assessments in ELA and mathematics as evidence of readiness for entry-level, transferable, credit-bearing college courses.
How deep is the Smarter Balanced Assessment agenda? Deeper than many know!
There is a common college complaint that many students aren’t prepared for college and are required to take remedial courses.
Colleges in [INSERT STATE] are participating in the development of these assessments, with the goal of recognizing student scores on the grade 11 assessments as evidence that students are ready for introductory college courses and can be exempted from non-credit remedial courses.
So The Smarter Balanced Assessment results could impact college admission whereas, the results could be requested as part as high school transcripts. Surely college and universities are tired of adding a 5th years of high school for those not prepared.
I am sure all of this is a few years down the road. So for now high school juniors opting-out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is safe.
Folks, Race to The Top was the seed to push the Common Core Standard to push the Smarter Balanced Assessment! You’re kidding yourself if you think it ends there! Wall Street laced education reform agenda is a double-edge sword! One side it’s about demoralizing unionized teachers to weaken labor and it’s working! The other side is to create an environment to justify more revisions of text books, testing and related technology particular data tracking software. Governor Jack Markell is no $$$ fools as his eyes are set on cashing-in on education reform and most-likely as an investor and a do nothing blow it out your ass consultant.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment will not address the real needs of at-risk students. Only more teachers and paraprofessional with lower class sizes can do that. Markell and Murphy talk about the world-class global economy but the facts remain, we’ll still need retail-workers, pizza delivery drivers, general laborers and trash-man! Look at Delaware’s economy where the bulk of the jobs are service related. Will Delaware economy transform into all “world-class” jobs?
Opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment will railroad teacher accountability held against results but for students will it provide more teachers and paraprofessional? Don’t think so! So which is the worst of two evils? The unions or federal intervention laced with Wall Street agendas? There is a dance going on where parents are being patronized to push the opt-out agenda. The time is upon us for parents to stand alone a raise their voice to end federal and state intrusion but demand more transparency at the local level and accountability re: measuring teacher effective on a local level and purge the unsuited teachers. Address the VT process may be a good start! I didn’t say end it but rather restrict it keeping low performing teacher from transfer to the last resort school aka poverty schools with the greatest turnover.
In two years we’ll have a new president and governor who will push their education agendas. For the last 30 years we’ve seen the dog chase it’s tail with no real reforms that lowers class sizes and adding more teachers and paraprofessionals.