Additional Information on "Test Score Scam of 2009" and 68% Graduation Rate

and 34% on Nationally Normed test in Language

This former article can be found at this link:  http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Score%20Scam%202009.htm

Graduation Rate in Arkansas in 2004 and 2005 was 81 percent.  In 2008 the graduation rate is 68 percent.  Has anyone sounded the alarm?  See ADE information at these links for documentation: http://normessasweb.uark.edu:80/src1/State304.php for 2004 & 2005  and http://normessasweb.uark.edu/schoolperformance/State/SRCy3.php for 2008

Note that the number of points that students have to scores to be considerd Proficient on the state benchmark criterion referenced math tests have been lowered every year, which makes Arkansas and the students look as if they are improving. (Proficient means students have mastered the standards.)  In reality this is simply manipulating the data.  In 8th grade math in 2004 students had to score 47 points out of 80 to make Proficient; in 2005 only 39; and in 2009 only  28. Other cut off scores to be Proficient were also lowered significantly in math at every grade level from 2005 until 2009.  

Arkansas Department of Education also implied in its press release ( and I fully believe purposely) that students in Arkansas scored at the 62 percentile on the nationally normed tests that compare Arkansas students to students across the nation by stating in their press release:   

"Academic growth is also evident in the state's norm-referenced exams. Norm-referenced questions allow for comparison of Arkansas studentsí scores to their counterparts across the nation and are reported in percentiles. The scores are listed as percentile scores. A score at the 62nd percentile would mean that on average, Arkansas students scored as well or better than 62 percent of their nationwide cohort. The percentile scores in most testing areas were slightly higher in 2009 than they were in 2008."   Taken from this link: http://arkansased.org/communications/pdf/test_scores_071309.pdf

Third grade did improve on these nationally normed tests  from 34% to 35%,  and 4th grade did improve from 33% to 34% from 2008 to 2009, but no one would get any idea from the way ADE reported the scores that any scores were anything like this low. In fact, several people reading the above paragraph thought the students scored at the 62nd percentile when in fact  many of the scores were quite low.  Note in the table of scores below that scores in reading also dropped in every grade level.  

Below are the scores this year as reported by ADE.  See this link:   http://arkansased.org/communications/pdf/assessment_071309.pdf  and look for Norm Reference Test.

Stanford Achievement Test 2009 for state of Arkansas

 

Language

Reading

Math

 

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

3rd Grade

35%

34%

43%

48%

58%

56%

4th Grade

34%

33%

61%

64%

68%

65%

5th Grade

43%

41%

53%

56%

60%

61%

6th Grade

45%

44%

44%

46%

65%

64%

7th Grade

48%

45%

51%

53%

58%

56%

8th Grade

43%

41%

50%

53%

66%

64%

9th Grade

48%

46%

46

53%

66%

63%

I feel sure the Language scores are so low because Arkansas only tested Reading and Math the last few years on their state benchmark tests; therefore,  the curriculum is narrowed to those two subjects, leaving students totally inadequate in language.  The grades do look good on math.  But  but keep in mind that math has been the area of emphasis for several years now, and even science teachers will tell you that they had to spend a great deal of their time teaching math  and preparing the students for the tests.   If  the curriculum is narrowed to two subjects at every grade level, students should improve in those scores. . 

Other testing articles that show the "other side of the story"

 

Link to :   "Money Wasted on Misguided Educational Reforms, Why Scores Are Lower Now Than When Accountability System Was Started"

http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Scores%20in%20AR%201984-2003%20-%20Why%20Lower.htm

Did We Win Olympic Medal on NAEP Scores or Did We Bomb Them - You Decide

http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20scores%20-%20NAEP%20Olympic%20Win%20or%20Bombed.htm

See this lnk for "Real Truth Behind Those Low 4th Grade Benchmark 2005 Test Scores (only 33% earned achievement score of BASIC) 

http://www.wpaag.org/Testing%20-%20ADE%20Test%20Inflation.htm

See this Link for Why did ADE Commissioner James Spins Low Test Scores

 http://www.wpaag.org/Testing%20-%20ADE%20James%20%20Spins%20Low%20Test%20Scores.htm

        See this link for Why Test Scores Are Lower in Arkansas  Now Than in 1984

        http://www.wpaag.org/SAT%20Scores%20-%20Why%20Lower%20Now%20than%20in%201987.htm

        See this link for Arkansas Department of  Education Presents Deceptive Scores (03)

        http://www.wpaag.org/Testing%20-%20ADE%20Deceptive%20Scores%20Altheimer.htm

        ADE Director Ray Simon Gives False Information About Test Scores

        http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Scores%20False%20-%20USDOE%20%20Ray%20Simon.htm

See this link for "Testing System Corrupted, No Correlation Among NAEP, IBS, and Benchmark Tests

http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Scores%20in%20AR%201984-2003%20-%20Why%20Lower.htm

 

 

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