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.
Gov. Jack Markell said the arrangement, which applies to the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University and Delaware Technical Community College, will hopefully allow more students to avoid paying for classes that don’t count toward their degree.
So now Delaware universities and colleges have a better gauge to cherry-pick college bound students. While I agree we need to better prepare college bound students but using The Smarter Balanced Assessment as the sole means to determine whether or not a college freshman needs remedial classes is just a political Markell shell game.
Markell brags about Delaware historical low highs school dropout rate and improved graduation rate but fails to address needs-base funding for early education and refuses to believe smaller classes do improve academic success. The crisis in education in rooted in poorly structured K-5 education. Raising academic success from the bottom up will set the stage for better academic performance at the high school level which will translate into better prepared college bound students.
Governor Jack Markell is slicker than a pile of dog poop! His tactful media blitz is all about undermining state legislators who support parents rights to opt-out their children re: state standardized tests. He set the stage for universities and college to cherry pick students using the state assessment. No doubt students who are still at-risk going into college will be impacted. They’ll see more rejection letters! Also, it’s kind of sad to see students at the 11th grade level being stressed out taking the state assessment know now colleges and university are watching. One thing for sure, Governor Markell has taken an “assessment” test and transformed into a component of college acceptance. I wonder what backdoor $$$ deal he made with state funded higher-ed?