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Nationally Normed Test Scores From Beginning of  Accountability Law  1979 in Table Form

A fact that no one in this entire educational debate has noted is that the tests scores the first years the Arkansas accountability system was implemented are higher than they are now. The scores for 1984-85 on the nationally normed tests were 61% in 4th grade; 57% in 7th Grade and 51% in 10th Grade.   After the largest tax increase in state history in 1983 and increased funding from 1.4 billion in 1995 to 2.8 billion in 2001, the scores had decreased significantly to 51% in 5th grade, 51% in 7th grade, and 49% in 10th grade on the nationally normed tests. The averages for tests from 1995-2003 indicate a consistent pattern with 2001 scores: 51% in 5th grade; 50% in 7th grade; and 48% in 10th grade.

Year

5th Grade

7th Grade

10th Grade

2003 SAT-9  Spring

57%

57%

48%

2002  No Test

No Test This Year

No Test This Year

No Test This Year

 2001 SAT-9 Fall

51%

51%

49%

2000 SAT-9 Fall

50%

50%

48

1999 SAT-9 Fall

48%

49%

47%

1998  SAT-9Fall

47%

48%

47%

1997 SAT-9 Fall

47%

48%

47%

1996 SAT-9 Fall

46%

47%

46%

1995 SAT-9 ? Fall

55%

54%

52%

1995  Spring SAT-8

50%

50%

49%

1994 Spring SAT-8

52%

51%

50%

1993  Spring SAT-8

51%

49%

52%

1992 SAT-8 Spring

52

51

49

1991 MAT 6 Spring

65

60

57

1990 MAT 6 Spring

67

61

58

1989 MAT 6 Spring

67

60

56

1988 MAT-6 Spring

66

59

55

1987 MAT 6 Spring

66

58

54

1986 MAT6 Spring

66

58

54

1985 MAT 6 Spring

64

54

53

1984 SRA Spring

61

57

51

   You probably won’t see a table like this unless you compile it yourself.  It is unbelievable that Arkansas set up an accountability system, and these scores have never been posted in a full picture or printed in a newspaper in full.  To get the scores  for 1988-1995 we had to go to Little Rock to get them.  They literally refused to send them to us by fax or mail.  In 1995 the ADE wouldn’t even give us that year’s scores by phone or mail.   Their excuse was that the report generated about 900 pages and they could not send all of  that. I  have noted this in my files  and that I talked to a Janie Welch and to Ernie Huff and both refused to send them to me, Dec. 28, 1995.

I was told by Donna Wolfe in Testing that the 2003 scores could not be compared to other scores unless they were equated because they were compared to a different sampling.