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Re: A Blow to Test Secrecy in New York!



And I can't wait to send the fourth grade test all over kingdom come. It is
embargoed until the end of the month. The first reading passage on the
fourth grade ELA is a beauty.

Bill Cala
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Levine" <eddie185@YAHOO.COM>
To: <ARN-L@listsrva.CUA.EDU>
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 12:00 PM
Subject: A Blow to Test Secrecy in New York!


> The N. Y. State Ed. Dept. has sent the following statement to all
> superintendents and principals:
>
> "In a change from previous years, you are no longer required to send
> your Test Book 1's [multiple choice, norm-refenced test published by
> CTB/McGraw-Hill] to a destruction site at the conclusion of testing
> ... these materials will no longer be considered secure, and your
> school may use extra Test Book 1's ... for instructional purposes."
>
> In our current climate, this is the closest we come to good news.
> The norm-referenced exams that New York's fourth- and eighth-grade
> students take are no longer subject to top-secret security
> provisions! We'll be able to see for ourselves whether or not a
> particular item was fair, and we won't be in the dark when we review
> test results with kids, parents, teachers, principals, the media, or
> any other interested parties.
>
> Rumor has it that CTB/McGraw-Hill had so many foul-ups in recent
> years, including the infamous "send 20,000 kids to summer school due
> to scoring errors" incident, that they had no choice but to comply
> with our requests for an open testing process.
>
> It's a long way to utopia, but I think we've taken a step in the
> right direction!
>
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