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Re: State specific tests vs. national NRTs: No Real Difference



Anyone know if this is how NY is creating the High School Regents.? It has
been a teacher panel in the past, however, Victor's post makes me wonder if
someone is putting the questions before them looking for approval.

BC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Victor Steinbok" <Victor.Steinbok@VERIZON.NET>
To: <ARN-L@listsrva.CUA.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 2:35 AM
Subject: Re: State specific tests vs. national NRTs: No Real Difference


> At 4:54 PM -0500 3/29/02, Allen Flanigan. wrote:
> >Hence, Judi's criticisms of the SAT-9 are equally valid for most if not
all
> >state-specific tests (MCAS might be the exception since according to
> >Merrow's report it is developed by teachers - anyone know if they follow
> >typical NRT procedures in item selection?)
>
> NEWSFLASH
> MCAS is no longer developed by teacher panels! Since Harcourt took
> over, either they or the DOE have decided that it was not a
> productive use of the time, so the procedure has changed. Harcourt
> now supplies the tasks and the teachers are expected to rubber stamp
> them. (Or so I was told yesterday by someone in contact with the
> appropriate authorities.)
>
> That might explain the most recent math retest, which read like it
> came straight from Harcourt's databanks. Expect the tests to dumb
> down and become progressively more coachable with every offering. My
> guess is that the scores will keep rising over the next couple of
> years, then the DoE will ask to "rescale" the test again to flunk
> more people (Driscoll was already talking about it when the increased
> scores came out last October). This test must die!
>
> VS-)
>
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