Thursday, June 08, 2006

North Carolina - Sorry about that test, do your best.

It turns out that North Carolina decided not to use this year's new test to evaluate student performance. Teachers are instructed to use grades, classroom tests, and other tradtional measures to judge student proficiency for promotion. Hmmmm. This is one of the two states that is going to be allowed to use growth modelling? It seems that the last time the state delivered new tests, it go the cut points for proficiency wrong - based on the fact that too many students scored poorly on the tests. The state plans to spend the summer getting those numbers correct.

That seems a little strange that the numbers can be so subjective. I guess the right percent proficient is the one that shows most schools making their AYP numbers. That must be right.



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