State test scores are released


Four months ago, I wrote about the insanity that was the administration of the standardized tests in Math & ELA. A few weeks ago on August 5th a DOE Memo announced the long awaited public release of the scores-

I would like to analyze the language in this memo:
What ever happened to positive framing? The first sentence of the memo concedes to the scores plunging yet praises that at least they represent a more accurate picture of our students. Oy vey-

“The State Education Department will soon be releasing the 2012-13 state assessment scores in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math for grades 3-8. As you know, those
scores are expected to be significantly lower than the 2011-12 scores. This change in scores — which will effectively create a new baseline measurement of student learning — is
largely the result of the shift to assessments that measure the Common Core Learning Standards, which more accurately reflect students’ progress toward college and career

Then the memo segues into the relationship between students scores, teacher evaluations and hiring practices:

“… these growth scores will result in similar proportions of educators earning each rating category (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing and Ineffective) in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12 on the State subcomponent rating category. In light of the new baseline in student scores set with the 2012-13 state tests, it is even more important for school district officials to consider all aspects of a teacher’s or principal’s evaluation when making employment decisions using the 2012-13 composite evaluations. Education Law §3012-c(1) states that APPRs shall be a significant factor in employment decisions. Employment decisions are made by local school districts, in accordance with law and any applicable locally negotiated procedures.”

The charter center has compiled reports that graphically depict that charters consistently outperform their district counter parts. What are your thoughts on how this data is gathered?             I’ll be looking into other reports and how the data is presented to compare against these results.

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Source: Charter School Center



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