House Bill #50
|Synopsis of Bill:||This bill creates the right for the parent or guardian of a child to opt out of the annual assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.|
House Bill #334
Synopsis of Orginal Bill:
This bill provides for the transition of the statewide student assessment system, the Delaware Comprehensive Student Assessment (DCAS), to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (Smarter). Specifically, the bill removes references to multiple assessments.
No doubt with Governor Markell’s threat of veto if H.B.#50 clears the House and Senate Markell is working backroom deals.
Kilroy’s message to all state legislators: There is a national movement on testing Opt-Out and yes it will be a big win for labor. However, it is very clear parents and the community are sick and tired of the overreaching hands of the federal government and their puppets like Governor Markell.
We cannot address the real needs within Delaware’s public school system until we regain local control that includes parents and the community. Think about this, the current generation of student in the system now have be subjected to DSTP, DCAS and now The Smarter Balanced Assessment. And do forget the test-pilot years and the constant realignment of standards and curriculum. But let us be clear, The Smarter Balanced Assessment unlike DSTP and DCAS a “state level assessment” is a nationalized standardize “test”. It’s once a year and does not measure growth within the academic year. It is not an assessment tool that helps student stay on grade-level. It is after the fact at the end of the year.
Race to The Top was a Trojan Horse carrying the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment in it’s belly. The agenda was planned long ago and as you see as predicted there are efforts to utilize the Smarter Balanced Assessment results as part of Delaware college application process.
Those of you who supported H.B.# 334 and plan to do the same on H.B. # 50 are on the WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY! Mark my words, when Jack Markell leaves office the house of cards will fall! DE DOE will imploded and it will take every bit of 6 years to rebuild. The recovery needs to start now with supporting H.B. #50 which is a clear message to Jack Markell, your bullying and corporate agenda must stop. You as legislators need to focus on real transparency of our public schools that will give the community the tools to be the watchdogs! Your existence as state legislators are to serve the people not to serve a governor who is fixated on personal agenda and inflicted with an ego of a tyrant.