With Governor Markell the Race to The Top Quarterback and DSEA his cheerleader; students of Delaware spanked by NAEP

Delaware’s scores drop in nation’s report card By Amy Cherry 2:31pm, October 28, 2015 – Updated 5:01pm, October 28, 2015

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results showed Delaware is one of just eight states where fourth and eighth grade students scored lower in mathematics in 2015 compared to 2013. In 19 other states, NAEP reported students’ scores saw no change.

In mathematics in Delaware, fourth graders achieved a 37 percent proficiency rate compared to the national average of 39 percent. Among eighth graders, the proficiency rate in the First State was just 30 percent compared to 32 percent nationwide.

In reading, students in eighth grade in Delaware saw a drop in their scores in 2015, a poor proficiency ranking shared by just four other states. NAEP showed Delaware students in eighth grade with a 31 percent proficiency rating compared to a 33 percent ranking nationally.

More proof Delaware legislators supporting Governor Markell’s education agenda have proven children come last in Delaware.

“As leaders across the country are saying, we never want to see scores go down, but it’s hard to know what to make of it yet,” said Markell. “Also, unlike Smarter Balanced, NAEP is not aligned to Common Core, so students may have been asked about topics they hadn’t learned yet.”

Failure has no excuse Jack and you failed the children of Delaware and sadly DSEA was right beside you with their support of  Race to The Top. 

And here we go again, The Smarter Balanced Assessment will fix all the problems.

2 responses to “With Governor Markell the Race to The Top Quarterback and DSEA his cheerleader; students of Delaware spanked by NAEP

  1. Dear all please read and seriously consider the harmful effects foisted on our children by these “education reform” salesmen. The NAEP test is one of the most widely used, highly respected and proven (over decades) accurate assessments of education results. If this latest development doesn’t strike a warning chord in any of you that consider themselves as advocates for children and public education than I’m afraid it’s time for an introspective look we all should take.

    Representative John Kowalko

    Here is part of my response to a media interview regarding my feelings as to why NAEP scores went down and my conclusion why that occurred.

    ​Very simply put Markell’s, Arnie’s, RODEL’s, Gates’, and all of the other (for personal profit) “education reformists” have foisted a failed system on our children with a horribly harmful result under the guise of a “common core” system that is ruining America’s and Delaware’s public education structure and willfully hurting children. Brief statement follows:

    Scores down for NAEP
    They’ve changed the curriculum. When they are now teaching algebra and geometry (under common core) in 3rd grade what are they not teaching or no longer teaching. If kids don’t truly understand and know multiplication, how are they going to perform the higher level skills required?
    The NAEP is a generalized test given to kids all over the world. It is a consistent and reliable measure of comparison. You can’t “study” for it. So when we look at countries that do well (i.e. Finland/New Zealand) and see that their curriculums are nothing like what we have just adopted/imposed we should ask “what are we doing”?
    Common Core is not a curriculum but it is so specific in its standards that it becomes a de-facto curriculum. Covering those prescribed “standards” forces teachers to teach only those skills. This presents two significant problems. There is no time for anything else and teachers are being handed a curriculum and much like the “Balanced Assessment Test”, it is being written (and profited from) by the same people who wrote common core who are (in most cases) not qualified teachers in these fields.


    • Publius e decere

      We’ll give your comments all of the attention they deserve.

      Can you tell us precisely where the “for personal profit” is for Governor Markell? Secretary (Arnie) Duncan ? The non-profit organizations known as Rodel or Gates? How are they profiting? How are they “willfully” hurting children?

      For a scion of a high-tuition private parochial school I hope you can provide us with a lucid explanation, free of personal animus. In your tradition.