Unsubstantiated reports from within the DOE are pointing to a 98% failure rate because of the Smart Balanced Computer system crashing during the taking of the tests…. So much so, that if we do get actual results made public, they are to be very suspect.

For if no one actually took the tests, how were these results supposedly obtained?  Were they made up?  Were they created out of thin air? Could that have been the plan all along?  One of creating a dismal picture of public education in time to get legislature to go along with the whims of this administration?

All those are speculation… And every one of these speculations are extremely believable if you have ever had any personal experience in the current environment involving the intrigue and secrecy that takes place under the cloak of Delaware’s secret Department of Education….  It is almost like Hogwartz has been taken over.

Every concerned parent should FOIA the Delaware Department of Education to find out what the computer crash rate was on their child’s test in their child’s school!

On the national level, the Smarter Balanced Test consortium said their computer outages ranged around 697 per day. Pearson averaged 1100... In the four weeks of testing so far, that would be 20 days or 13,940 or 22,000 breakages, depending upon which service you used…

Oklahoma found the reported breakages within their state, were quoted far under those amounts that actually occurred…. (As one would certainly expect to find in any corporate reporting.)

So the 98% failure rate is becoming believable and credence to this can be given to any major media report simply by having their on site reporters either calling or visiting each of the 19 districts and asking (off the record.. since retribution is quick and swift for anyone who tells the truth)..

Therefore it is incumbent upon every parent of every child to find out for themselves.  Furthermore It is incumbent upon every elected school board official to call out the Department of Education and request to know the failure rate in their district, over their charges, over their responsible areas.

Under Delaware law, you have that right and now, that responsibility.

29 Del. Code, Chapter 100) establishes that “it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner” and that “it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic.”

Senate Bill 87 passed in the 146th General Assembly and signed by Governor Markell on October 20, 2011, requires that a standard form for requests under the Act be made available to the public.

Executive Order No. 31 approved by the Governor on October 20, 2011, requires executive branch agencies to adopt a standardized policy for requests……

Here is the standard for the state Education Department ….


Public Body

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Mailing Address


Contact Information



Records Requested

Be as specific as you can, describing types of records, dates, parties to correspondence, subject matter, etc. The public body will make every reasonable effort to assist you in identifying the records being sought.

Note: Requests for voluminous records may be delayed.

(Insert below:  Number of Smarter Balanced Assessment computer crashes during field testing for _________________________________________ School(s) or District(s).


There may be costs involved in responding to your request. The public body can require you to examine the records at the office of the public body. Refer to the public body’s policy or regulation for information about costs and access to records.

Please contact me if costs will be greater than 
* Within 15 business days from receipt of your request the public body must either provide you with access to the records, deny your request, or state that additional time is needed.*


NOTICE : Under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del. C. §§10001-10006 (“FOIA”), a FOIA request or petition, along with any information contained therein or any documents attached thereto, submitted to any “public body” subject to FOIA, including, without limitation, any board, bureau, commission, department, agency or committee of the State, may itself be deemed a “public record” subject to disclosure under FOIA.

So please!  All news agencies, all elections school board officials, all concerned parents should click the above link and request to know what the failure or success rate was for their individual school….  We need to get to the bottom of whether this 98% failure rate is true.,.. and once proven so, we then need to scrap the Smart Balanced Assessments……

Yet the current DCAS are working fine. We are already testing every student. When you have already lost $116 million, how many millions more do you throw down the same hole afterwards in your last ditch effort to try and save it?

“it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner”