We finally took a sensible approach to testing. Test at the beginning of the year, middle of the year, and end of the year. Delaware’s HB 334 eliminates that and makes your entire “matriculation and academic promotion requirements imposed by § 153 of this title shall be based upon the student’s assessment results received on 1 assessment”. No true assessment can take place without at least two tests. One gives a benchmark and the other shows the progress. I have seen where a student actually loses ground. If a student could make the grade before the school year starts, why should he or she be penalized for not being able to connect with the teacher or being sick or stressed by some outside event on test day. If the student can have the best test, you have a truer read on the student. Everyone has an off day. You just hope it is not during a high stakes test. I took a test once not long after one of my college friends committed suicide. It was in a class that he was enrolled in with me. I did terrible. I dropped the class. I later tested out of it. I knew the material so well that I did not even need to study or take the class so why did that test go so poorly? Outside influences overwhelmed my normal status. Kids are not computers with inputs and outputs determines statically. They are little human beings and should be treated as such. The next problem that I have with the bill is that it is “This bill provides for the transition of the statewide student assessment system, the Delaware Comprehensive Student Assessment (DCAS), to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (Smarter). Specifically, the bill removes references to multiple assessment”. Smarter does not work yet (the way it is designed it will never work to improve education universally). It is not normed. It is not ready for prime time. HB 334 makes our kids guinea pigs in the newest fad in education. We just spent 3 years playing around and norming DCAS now we walk away from tens of millions of investment for something else not ready for primetime. Senator Sokola and Representative Scott, you can do better than this. The Loyal Opposition says this is one of the 3 worse bills this year. We must rally to stop it.