Nazareth College Professor Maria Baldassarre-Hopkins wrote an important and fascinating blog post about how the state decided the “cut scores.” The state gathered educators at a hotel for five days to go over the tests – and the results – and make recommendations.
Here’s the big problem she revealed. The tests are supposed to measure what students know based on national standards. Yet the state set those standards – after the results came in. The state looked at how many kids answered questions right as it was deciding the cut scores. The professor, who signed confidentiality agreements, implies the panel’s work was not heeded.
The anti-education “reform” crusader Diane Ravitch picked up on the blog post. She published a response to the Nazareth professor’s post from testing expert Fred Smith:
…data generated by the test population were used–changing the concept of a standards-based test (as in testing aligned with the common core learning standards) to one that depends on the performance of students who took the test.This makes the Level 2, 3 and 4 thresholds dependent on how well kids did on the exams–bringing the test score distribution into play and rendering judgments about cut scores and student achievement relative to the composition of the students who took a particular set of items at a particular time–a normative framework instead of a standards-based one.
This information adds to the questions about the state tests and how they will be used.
Links of the Day:
– There’s a flaw in the state’s teacher evaluation system. Teachers could be rated “ineffective,” even if scores say they are average.
– Cuomo got $100,000 from a developer and then signed a law giving it big tax breaks.
– Buffalo police will post pictures of johns online.
– Amazing. Less than a month after her ouster from North Syracuse, former RCSD official Kym Dyce is hired to run the large Tulsa school district. (Do employers use Google?)
– The George Eastman House restored a long lost Orseon Welles film called “Too Much Johnson.”
– A review says Amore restaurant is a vehicle to sell Wegmans products.
– Frederick Law Olmstead left his mark on Rochester.
– Why cycling is so popular in the Netherlands.
– Swedish men are warned about testicle-biting fish.
— Rachel Barnhart (@rachbarnhart) August 10, 2013