Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Quick and Easy Way to Improve Test Scores

I'm reading: The Quick and Easy Way to Improve Test ScoresTweet this!

While da Mayor and Chicago Public School officials announced some recent feel-good news about "dramatic" improvements on student test scores, it turns out that the "improvements" are likely due to some fuzzy math (or here).

The "dramatic jump in the number of [CPS] pupils who passed their state standardized tests last spring" was because the Illinois State Board of Education "sharply reduced the requirement for a passing score in 8th grade math."

As the Tribune bluntly noted "We didn't dramatically improve performance. We dramatically lowered the bar." They mentioned other factors that helped with test scores such as allowing students more time to complete the tests and what sounds to my like more opportunities for schools to teach to the test.

*sigh* No wonder my kids go to private school.

Read it and weep.

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