kitchen table math, the sequel: disciplinary specialists in charge of tests ---- ??!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

disciplinary specialists in charge of tests ---- ??!!

at Education Week


SteveH said...

So now the Common Core Standards are reduced to being a way to make sure that students don't have to take remedial classes in college. What happened to their "workplace analysis"? They could have just looked at Accuplacer and asked colleges what their remediation cut-off levels are. They could make a table of requirements for each college - the 25/75 percent SAT scores required along with the typical GPA. Oh, that's right. Colleges already do that. I'll bet most have published remediation standards on their web sites. How much have they spent on CCSS to do all of this work and then find that the information was there all along? Only now are they trying to bring college educators on board.

They define pseudo-algebra II high school expectations, but then have to calibrate the test cut-offs to provide some connections to lower college remediation levels. That's because they allow schools to pass kids along even if they don't meet the low cut-off levels.

"“If I’m a 5th grade teacher, am I now responsible for 4th grade content in my evaluation?” asked James Palmer, an interim division administrator in student assessment at the Illinois state board of education."

Yes, you can pass these kids along. They could have put AP calculus requirements in the standards. What matters is what is on the tests and what the minimum cut-offs are. Above remediation levels, who cares one bit about CCSS?

Lsquared said...

I worry about how they're going to pick their top education officials. Is the person with most influence for the math section from a math department or an education department? Does the person from MIT know more about college readiness or the person from middle-of-the-road state college?