Any narrowing of the test performance gap between students on opposite ends of the income spectrum was because wealthier students fell back, according to the education secretary.
Students were above average in all four of the subject areas tested on the college-readiness exam: English, math, reading and science.
A VTDigger analysis of statewide scores also showed that private schools don’t necessarily outperform public ones, and spending doesn’t predict results.
Low-income children here scored almost as well as the average student nationwide but remained behind their better-off peers in Vermont. And scores haven’t shown noticeable improvement.
Although Vermonters held their own in statewide scores compared with students elsewhere, low-income children didn’t meet the state average for proficiency in any subject or grade tested.
A web-based tool called Polarys was made available to educators to help them draw useful information from test data. But the company that created it is leaving a two-year private grant unfulfilled after what it says were repeated attempts to get up-to-date test scores from the state.
Vermont students are 37 percent proficient in math and 58 percent proficient in English, according to the first results from the replacement test for NECAP.
The State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to not use the SBAC scores for the 2014-15 school year for the purpose of annual school evaluation determinations.
As a radiant group of sixth grade graduates glances out from the stage, they breathe in the loving acceptance their community sends out to them, so thick in the fragrant air it is almost palpable.
Holcombe warns school districts off ‘opting out’ of the new standardized test.
Somehow education policymakers and officials aren’t overly troubled by repeated, expensive assessment fiascoes.
Several studies have recently concluded that the teacher professional development we’re subjected to typically has “minimal to no effects on boosting student achievement,” even when it involves “a lot of hours of training and follow-up.”
While curriculum rebounds between “Ovid” and Mark Zuckerberg, battle lines on the assessment front are drawn between proponents of standardized testing and educators who rail against what they deride as “drill and kill” education.
Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, focuses on what we should do for the economy; Chief Sitting Bull concentrates on what we should do together for the children.