Thursday, July 27, 2006

Preliminary standardized test results do not look good

Assuming that no glaring errors have been made in the data analysis it looks as if there will be a large jump in the number of DCPS elementary schools who fail to meet the NCLB standard for adequate yearly progress.
The preliminary data presented to the school board showed that the percentage of students achieving proficiency could drop significantly. Among third-graders, for instance, 60 percent were deemed proficient in math in 2003-04, compared with 27 percent in the preliminary 2005-06 data. Among eighth-graders, 41 percent were proficient in reading in 2003-04, compared with 32 percent in 2005-06. The only improvement occurred among 10th-graders, whose proficiency level in reading rose from 22 percent to 28 percent.

School officials, who are still verifying the data, said they expect to release official results from the spring exam next month.

This month, school officials, as required by the No Child Left Behind law, notified parents at 60 schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2005 that they can transfer their children to higher-achieving schools in the system. School officials said that next month they probably will send letters to parents at many more schools.

"The numbers are telling us that far more of our schools are challenged than we initially thought," Board of Education Vice President Carolyn N. Graham said after the meeting. "These scores are going to drive us in some directions we've not thought about before."

Given that only 14 of about 100 elementary schools made adequate progress, Graham said, the system is quickly running out of higher-achieving schools to which to send students.
On the not as negative, but still pretty bad, side there is projected to be little change in the number of secondary schools that fail to meet the standard.

3 comments:

Ben Whelan-Morin said...

Two things about this:
1. By comparing two different tests to show "progress" they are essentially comparing apples to oranges.
2. As someone who aided in the administration of the DCCAS this year, I can personally attest to blaring errors by higher up test administrators involved in the creation of the test, especially in the math portion.

Terpteacher said...

This is much more in line with the NAEP data. The first step in really making fundamental change is having the public understand the extent of the problem. I think most people familiar w/ education in the city knew that the previously reported percentage of schools making AYP in the District was skewed by low standards and a poor assessment.

Ed Researcher said...

Where's the data?? WaPo teased us by saying the Board released the data, but released it to whom?? And what exactly did they release, how much detail?