We are talking about the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The one that is being opted out by Delawareans this spring…

Did you know  that 51% of America will NOT be taking these tests?  Delaware is in the minority. Originally, even as late as a year ago, almost all states would be taking either the Smarter Balanced Assessment, or the PARCC.

A lot of states said “no” and dropped out..   States which have governments answerable to its citizens.  Delaware despite growing opposition, has bore down on bucking the national trend, and focused on forcing children to take this test…

Every state had tests.  But for some reason $360 million was spent on developing new tests.  18 will use the Smarter Balanced.  11 will use the PARCC. and 21 states will use neither.

The original point for this test was that one national test was needed so one could compare students taking it in Key West against those in Puget Sound.  Likewise, those across the border from Tijuana, could now be compared to those just west of Eastport, Maine.

With a majority of students not taking the test… to continue with the taking of the test, is a pointless endeavor.. What will the scores mean?  At best they can be compared to only 17 other states.  All of which will also have their own opt out movements skewing the results…

There is simply no point in going on. Taking these tests is just a futile time-waster. Even Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is planning on dropping out of the Smarter Balance soon.  Why it is valuable to compare the performance of students in different states remains a puzzle; why it was necessary to spend $360 million to do so is even more puzzling, given that the same information is gathered and published by NAEP for all 50 states and D.C

When you add that taking this test will be psychologically harmful to your child, and that there is no data worth gathering, every parent needs to decide to opt out to spare their child from its suffering for no apparent reason…..

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