Re: Princeton Review of State's Tests
At 4:05 PM -0400 12.05.03, William Cala wrote:
Did anyone write a rebuttal of any type to the Princeton Review's
ranking of state testing systems?
It's not worth a response in general. However, if something appears
in local papers, it is worth pointing out that 1) there is virtually
no difference, according to PR, between the QUALITY of state tests
(and one can confirm the opposite by inspection), and 2) the entire
ranking is almost completely predicted by just one of the four
categories they use to grade the programs--the one that includes the
sunshine laws. In other words, the entire review is meaningless, GIGO.
Three of the categories for grading are alignment, quality of the
test, disclosure. I don't recall the fourth category, but it's easy
to look up on the site (I believe, it's an Excel file or a PDF file).
Test quality is afforded 15% of the ranking, but it makes little
difference as most states got nearly the same grades, not to mention
that the entire procedure is subjective at every step. I wonder if
they consulted the rankings of state sales figures for PR before
ranking the states on testing.
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