Sunday, December 16, 2012

OSSE releases first of a kind health standardized test scores.

From the Office of the State Superintendent of Education:

District of Columbia students were evaluated for baseline proficiency in health and physical education content knowledge on the 2012 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) and answered an average of 62% of the questions correctly, according to statewide results released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Washington, D.C. is the first state in the country to administer a statewide standardized health education assessment.

The test measured student’s knowledge in health-related categories including nutrition, wellness, safety skills, disease prevention, physical education and healthy decision making. Over 11,000 students from 5th Grade, 8th Grade and High School enrolled in health courses across 179 District schools were selected to take the inaugural exam in April 2012, during the regularly scheduled DC CAS testing period. Scores are statewide and represent both District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and District public charter schools.
Loads of coverage in the Post, Times (which points out that students scored much better in health than in reading or math), Gawker Media and the Huffington Post.  My favorite quote from the coverage:
“Research shows that healthier students perform better academically,” Deputy Superintendent Sandra Schlicker said.
Which leads me to ask if she's actually seen DC's math and reading scores?

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