Testing (page 3)

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    12.5 percent

    Last year, 12.5 percent of black males in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading and math. That is correct – 12.5 percent. The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) contends that the state “raised the bar” by implementing more rigorous standards and tests.  They say that these test results…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2013
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    DPI’s “day of spin” is here

    The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will release state test scores today.  They have spent months working with/on the media and their sundry allies to lay the groundwork for today’s release. Here are a few talking points you will hear this afternoon: Standards are higher. The tests…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2013
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    Bureaucrats Ignore Frustrations – But For How Long?

    An appointed bureaucrat does not necessarily have to answer or listen to the public.  So it is with Dr. John King, Jr., he is appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to serve as New York State Education Commissioner.  Last night, Dr. King ignored  opposition from parents,…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, October 25, 2013
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    Proficient Yesterday, Failing Today, Trust Us, All is OK!?!

    The State Board of Education met yesterday and was asked by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to approve the final academic achievement standards (cut scores) for the new assessments given in the 2012-2013 school year.  These assessments  were aligned to the Common Core Standards, and everyone expected lower…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, September 5, 2013
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    DPI continues nearly flawless record of writing bad tests

    For years, the John Locke Foundation has written about the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) record of developing defective standardized tests.  Most recently, I examined the state’s Common Core-based English tests and found that the elementary and middle school tests include relatively few English language questions and no…
    Terry Stoops, July 11, 2013
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    Another State Pulling from Testing Consortium

    This time it is Oklahoma! State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced Monday that she is withdrawing Oklahoma from testing through a consortium of 20 or so other states to coincide with the new Common Core curriculum standards. “We came to this decision after many months of deliberation, listening to classroom teachers,…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, July 1, 2013
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    Shameless Diane Ravitch: Newtown teachers belonged to a union, had tenure

    Education pundit Diane Ravitch does her best to exploit the Newtown shootings to advance her own political agenda.  And, no, we are not talking about a gun control agenda.  In a blog post, Ravitch writes, Every one of the [Sandy Hook] teachers was a career educator. Every one was…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2012
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    Kidz cant rite good

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released results from the quinquennial National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) writing assessment.  A nationally representative sample of eighth- and twelfth-grade students took the test in 2011.  About a quarter of the sample earned a rating of “proficient” or higher.
    Terry Stoops, September 17, 2012