I am all for allowing parents to opt-out of the federal standaridzed test called The Smarter Balanced Assesment. However, the opt-out movement is more about railroading the Smarter Balanced from being used in teacher evaluations.
I remember the teacher outcry opposing DSTP! Unions said, give us a growth model test and we’ll be glad to be held account for student growth while in our care! Well they go their wish and it was called DCAS. When it was time to pay the piper uinons baulked.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for fair means to hold teachers accountable and state / federal standardized test being called student assessment test isn’t the answer.
Where is the plan Delaware teacher unions presented to hold themselves accountable? NONE!
What pisses me off the most is, there are those educators stoking the parent test opt-out movment from the sidelines. I can them fence-riders.
The solutions isn’t simple and rather comlexed. However, a great place to start weeding out educators who perhaps are better suited for other carrers is ending or limiting the VT card!
Integerity must start at the district level and we need an accountability process that fair to teachers but doesn’t prolong purging unsatisfactory rated teachers out of the system. We do need due process protecting employees but we need to address this issue now. I hope parents pushing the testing opt-out the best of luck and hope they can see the light in that we need tangible teacher accountability. Some of you know I may have alienated myself from some union friends but fuck them if they think I am going to stand behind their agenda that manipualtes good people in doing their dirty deeds. When it comes to organized labor I am all for it. However, we’re not talking bricks or steel beams here! We’re talking children and asking unions to stop the dog chasing it’s tail agenda and produce a district level teacher accounablity that purges the unersiables from our chidlrens lives isn’t asking too much. P.S to punk-ass bitch, be careful when talking the Kilroy smackdown talk in your little social-circle. You might have to man-up!