Testing (page 3)

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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
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    ACT scores: Pretty much the same as last year

    …and not much different than the 2010 scores. Have a nice day.
    Terry Stoops, August 22, 2012
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    Charter schools outperform districts again

    Once again, the average performance composite score of charter schools beat the district school average. The performance composite is the percentage of students’ scores in each school that were at or above grade level on state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.  Admittedly, I am not a fan of comparing average…
    Terry Stoops, August 3, 2012
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    Low-income, black, and Hispanic students make gains on state tests

    By now, I am sure you heard the news.  North Carolina’s graduation rate was 80.2 percent, a 2.3 percent increase from a year ago.  There was a 1.9 percent decrease in the percentage of students that met or exceeded growth expectations on state tests. Here are a few interesting…
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2012
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    2011 TUDA: CMS outperforms districts, nation

    The federal education officials who brought you the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the 2011 Trial Urban District Assessments (TUDA) results this morning. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is the only participating district in the state. The study concluded that CMS scored higher than most (participating) urban districts…
    Terry Stoops, December 7, 2011