The writting was on the wall tying the Smarter Balanced to college admission

So you don’t think there is a Smarter Balanced Assessment tied to college admission! Better think twice! Posted on by kilroysdelaware

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.  

Test scores could help kids get out of remedial classes Matthew Albright, The News Journa l5:10 p.m. EDT April 14, 2015

High school juniors who do well on the state’s tough new standardized test will not have to take remedial classes if they attend a Delaware college or four-year university, state leaders announced Tuesday

Folks there is a lot of smoke and mirrors with Markell’s education agenda. Again it will be the more affluent students getting by the college gate keeper. The impact on our neediest students will be minimal.

Sounds so wonderful that students can test out of remedial college classes before they even apply. Wouldn’t it just make sense to end social promotion with will ensure all students are “really” ready for college or career.

The weight of a high school diploma has declined rendering it valueless. An Associated Degree is becoming the new high school diploma.

Again this year nearly 50% of graduating college students graduating with a bachelors degree won’t find employment in their field of study. They work in jobs playing about 60% what they would if working in their field of study. Then in comes student loan payments. 

We’re herding more and more children off the college stuffing their pockets with college loans to only come out the other end to a stagnated economy. Those with Associate Degrees will struggle in competing for jobs with such a large pool of those with bachelors degrees.   

As far as the Smarter Balanced Assessment being tied to college admissions, it a dangerous love affair and deep seeded in politics. Markell has now created scare tactics the will undermine the opt-out movement. Surely it won’t look good on college and university applications where students put “opt-out” of standardized testing. It will be a red flag to university and college admissions offices that the student is a radical and parents helicopter parents.  

Dear Delaware legislators! Jack is out in 2016 and the education reform house of cards will fall! And many of you Markell ass-kissing legislators will pay the price at the polls! Markell’s “Arrangement” will be used against you to not support the opt-out legislation.

The bottom line is, either a student needs remedial math or reading or not. And you can bet out most neediest at-risk student won’t get smaller class sizes! The standardized state test can’t be the only yardstick and college and university must continue their entrance assessments. Remember folks, the capitalist still need people to work minimum wage and pick up the trash.      

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14 responses to “The writting was on the wall tying the Smarter Balanced to college admission

  1. john kowalko

    So an unproven, untried, standardized test purported to measure student ability and capability is accepted by these institutions of higher learning as valid? Who the h**l made that call and what carrot was dangled by this DOE and the Administration to get such an irresponsible concession. More money? Veto of the UoD and Delstate FOIA bill? Is there no limit to unconscionable behavior in the corporatist takeover of public education funds? Murphy’s quotes in the press release are further evidence that stepping down would be in the best interest of the children and public education,.
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • Publius e decere

      Joke Ko,

      The CCSS have been adopted by 45-ish states throhg proper administrative and legislative measures You clearly believe you are smarter that those 45 state education agencies and legislatures — and maybe you are. But maybe you are not.

      How about some balance?

      If stepping down is in the best interests of the public, I suggest that you lead by example. After all, it is your litmus test.

      Publius

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    • ” Is there no limit to unconscionable behavior in the corporatist takeover of public education funds?”

      Hahahahaha, jk, it’s your colleagues who are establishing these regulations. I’m pretty sure the story didn’t say “as executives at IBM announced on Tuesday.”

      How about this john, develop some small amount of power in the legislature and work to block stuff like this instead of ranting on blogs.

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  2. john kowalko

    Everyone who values honesty and public education and parental/child rights needs to show up on Wednesday 4/22/15 at Leg Hall to support HB 50 and make the statement that coercive, bullying and poorly conceived and contrived unproven standards will not determine an honest evaluation of all Delaware children’s abilities and accomplishments.
    Thank you,
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • Publius e decere

      And so goes another fair and balanced assessment of valid public opinion (“public”, to JK, apparently means “other people”) by a self-proclaimed-and-self-evidently-delusional “representative of the people”. You go, Jo Ko Loco. In memory of Henny Youngman: “take my Kowalko …. please!”

      Which gives me reason to bring forth the image of “TuCo” in Breaking Bad. Incoherent, pugnacious, dangerous, and ultimately tragic. JoKo as TuCo. No need to be blue, the truth is crystal clear. Vaya con Dios.

      El Publius

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  3. Joanne Christian

    And not ONE DIME of SEED money should be released to those schools for any remedial class on their schedule.

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    • Publius e decere

      I thought the cause behind the need for remedial education (for college freshmen) fell on the secondary schools? I mean, why issue a degree in secondary achievement if it was not earned?

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    • Pube. – don’t forget this is the state that thought tiered diplomas was an awesome idea.

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    • Give me a break

      oh man the tiered diploma, that is a blast from the past! This state can’t get out of its own way..

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  4. Publius e decere

    Considering Kilroy’s blog premise — that Markell being out-of-office means the end of programs he sponsored — I think one should reconsider.

    The public WANTS good schools, accountable measure of success, and choice. Markell has delivered on all counts and has set fertile ground for continuity by his successors. The next Gov should carry this mantle to the next milestone.

    To do otherwise is to emulate Sam Rayburn’s working animal.

    Publius — “Hee Haw”

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    • “Markell has delivered on all counts and has set fertile ground for continuity by his successors. The next Gov should carry this mantle to the next milestone.”

      You know Publius, it’s when you say crap like this that any potential credibility you had goes right out the window. History will show what Markell’s legacy will be, and I pray to God his successors raze the ground he soiled with his corporate education reform schemes and agendas. You are the last person to say what the public WANTS. Cause you have way too much vested in the game.

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  5. first nice day of spring and the first bomb threat of the year at dickinson?

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  6. lastDEconservative

    “High school juniors who do well on the state’s tough new standardized test will not have to take remedial classes if they attend a Delaware college or four-year university, state leaders announced Tuesday”

    So, by decree, or should I say, diktat, suddenly all the HS grads coming out of the system that has been producing HS grads ill equipped for “higher” schooling (not education) will miraculously be competent? Because they did well on a test? Or does it more likely mean that they will still be as incompetent as ever, but won’t be required to play catchup, and will be released into the broader population and allowed to drag down and hold back the rest of the herd? Wait. Isn’t this how the little wonders have been treated all through their schooling (not education) careers thus far???

    Help me somebody, Publius, M, did I break the code?

    Somebody has to be staying up awfully late at night, and perhaps ingesting untoward substances, to come up with these fantasies.

    And the body politic laps it up, languishing in a dream state. At least we know now that Jimmy is on the case, challenging the assertion … uh, oh, maybe not.

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  7. Give me a break

    Everyone is missing the mark on the testing issue. If you want to solve the whole thing and save a boatload of money? First, totally wipe out the ‘court order’ and its residual affects. This restores McKean and Dickinson to neighborhood schools which by demographic makes them much better. You will then see suburban parents not truck their kids into CSW, Conrad etc. 2. Give one single test in 8th grade that places you in your high school– you then make the votech schools VOCATIONAL- as they stand now they are competitive entry and are as much if not more college prep- so by feeder test into McK which is college prep or you get taught a trade and some technical skills at Delcastle and you stop taking the stupid SBAC 3. CSD…ugh…ok first get a huge bomb…. you know an exterminator bomb, set it off in their district office. You sit back and watch the rats and roaches scamper out into their BMW’s, Mercedes back into the suburbs.
    point is there is way to much duplication of services and way too much emphasis is placed on everyone is a college student…pssst, here is a secret no they aren’t! When you try to make a kid who came to school in K not knowing his alphabet, colors or shapes into a college kid at 9 you are bound for trouble.

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