From Education Week:

” Smarter Balanced chose to ban read-aloud accommodations for elementary students, even for visually impaired children who may be in the early stages of learning Braille.”

Really?  Yes. They actually said, “Oh, we can’t have blind children have portions read to them.  That would spoil the sanctity of the test.  They have to take the test just as does every student for the data to be pure…… read it and fill in the bubbles best they can,….”

(An official with the consortium explained that the testing group was told by its legal experts that it could not open up an accommodation to blind children without opening it up to all students with disabilities.)  Probably true….

Can everyone now see that no one cares one iota about children here?  They are cattle being fed through a chute headed up into a slaughter house?

What does it say about RODEL?  What does it say about Dave Sakola?  What does it say about Mark Murphy?  What does it say about Jack Markell?  All “blindly” supportive of RTTT… All “blindly” supportive of Common Core.  All “blindly” supportive of Smart Balanced Assessments, who were the ones behind forbidding any accommodations to students taking the test who couldn’t see?

Seriously. How can you fire a teacher because her children were blind and couldn’t see the test, much less the answer page? You are obviously, if one looks at SB 51, going to fire teachers over results of the smart balanced assessment tests….

Well, if you had any questions or doubts about Common Core, about who is right and who is not, …. well…. you probably don’t have those doubts anymore….

Making the blind take tests they can’t see, then firing the teachers, closing the school, and withdrawing money from the district over it….. Sheesh…