Test Scores In Arkansas Arkansas Accountability Scores 1984-2001

Arkansas Accountability Scores from 1984-2001

 

See Chart Below:   To confirm scores call Donna Wolfe at ADE 501-682-4252

            According to ADE documents An accountability law, Act 89 of 1983, required  a  norm referenced test (NRT) at three grade levels in order to compare Arkansas students to the rest of  the nation.

            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 the last 7 tests tests  indicate a consistent pattern with 2001 scores: 51% in 5th grade; 50% in 7th grade; and 48% in 10th grade. 

            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. 

Year

5th Grade

7th Grade

10th Grade

1984 SRA Spring

61%

57%

51%

1985 MAT 6 Spring

64%

54%

53%

1986 MAT6 Spring

66%

58%

54%

1987 MAT 6 Spring

66%

58%

54%

1988 MAT-6 Spring

66%

59%

55%

1989 MAT 6 Spring

67%

60%

56%

1990 MAT 6 Spring

67%

61%

58%

1991 MAT 6 Spring

65%

60%

57%

1992 SAT-8 Spring

52%

51%

49%

1993  Spring SAT-8

51%

49%

52%

1994 Spring SAT-8

52%

51%

50%

1995  Spring SAT-8

50%

50%

49%

1995 SAT-9 ? Fall

55%

54%

52%

1996 SAT-9 Fall

46%

47%

46%

1997 SAT-9 Fall

47%

48%

47%

1998  SAT-9Fall

47%

48%

47%

1999 SAT-9 Fall

48%

49%

47%

2000 SAT-9 Fall

50%

50%

48

 2001 SAT-9 Fall

51%

51%

49%

2002  No Test

No Test This Year

No Test This Year

No Test This Year

2003 SAT-9  Spring

57%

57%

48%

Average last 7 tests

51

50

48

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. I marked 2001 because that is when  we  have the financial data for comparison and I think  that is last year SAT-9 tests were used for accountability.  State benchmark tests began to be used after that.         

Prepared by Debbie Pelley and Iris Stevens. 

 For our explanation as to why scores dropped, see www.afaar.org  and from new item on  home page choose Why Scores Are Lower Now Than When Accountability System Was Established.” http://www.afaar.org/Test%20Scores%20in%20AR%201984-2003%20%20Why%20Lower.htm

 

 

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