Delaware PTA: Parents should have say in standardized test Matthew Albright, The News Journal
The Delaware Parent Teacher Association is joining teacher unions and several school boards in saying that parents should have a right to opt their children out of taking the state standardized test.
The PTA’s Board of Managers, made up of the local leaders for each school, passed a resolution urging parental choice. Teri Hodges, the group’s president, said the resolution is about parents having control over their child’s education.
“We feel that a parent should have a right to make this decision on behalf of their students and, if they feel that the test is not in the best interest of their students, they should have the option to act on that,” Hodges said.
Thank you Teri Hodges for reminding the “P” in PTA is for Parent not politicians!
Gov. Jack Markell’s administration says testing helps teachers figure out how to best help students and is an invaluable tool for district and state leaders to make smart decisions. They also point out that federal law requires 95 percent of students to be tested and say the state, districts or schools could face consequences, like a loss of funding, if they fall below that figure.
“Students and parents deserve the benefits of of knowing how they are doing and where they may need extra support to be prepared fro college or a career when they graduate,” said Jonathon Dworkin, a spokesman for Markell.
And why couldn’t the coward governor speak for himself? Federal nor state law does not specifically say parents can’t opt-out ! The state should face consequences for allowing the governor to become a fixated education czar who has no qualification in the field of education. He controls who gets hired at DE DOE and makes room for Rodel clones!
“We have received positive feedback from many educators and parents about the new test,” Dworkin said. “We expect that our schools will continue to follow state law and administer the test to students who should take it.”
Tell you one thing, somebody’s cornbread ain’t done in the middle !
Markell’s administration says it is taking steps to limit the impact of standardized testing. The governor recently announced that the state was taking an inventory of all tests students take and would work with districts to eliminate any tests that are redundant or not useful, though he emphasized that Smarter Balanced will continue to be administered.
Nothing but a Jack Markell political moonwalk
In a statement, the PTA acknowledged those efforts, but said they don’t mean parents shouldn’t still be able to opt out.
“While we do agree that we need to reduce the amount of statewide testing, adopting this singular approach to the exclusion of acknowledging a parent’s right to opt out, ignores the fact that parent and teacher concerns with the Smarter Balanced Assessment go far beyond the amount of testing,” it said.
Delaware parents need to join together and beat back this federal Wall Street laced intrusion!