Re: Explain this Gobbly Gook
- Subject: Re: Explain this Gobbly Gook
- From: Carol Holst <kceh@AIRMAIL.NET>
- Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 14:17:03 -0500
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
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Same piper, same tune, only this time it's New York instead of Texas.
William Cala wrote:
> On Sept. 10th our 4th and 8th grade ELA and Math Scores were sent to
> all NY State Schools. The 4th grade ELA scores miraculously improved
> at the highest level by 35% and the highest 8th grade ELA scores
> decreased by around 11%. The scores are embargoed at this point.
> Superintendents vehemently complained that results such as these are
> highly improbable and suspect. We all believe that the scores were
> scaled to make 4th grade look good and 8th look bad. The commissioner
> has gone on record as saying the increase in dropouts is due to poor
> middle level educationn NOT the tests, ergo new low scores in 8th
> grade to prove his hypothesis. Well the scores are a bit too out of
> wack for anyone to believe that nonesense so they are scrambling to
> "check some discrepancies".
> In an urgent fax to all of us today we were told that the reporting of
> the scores are going to be changed. This proves to me that you can
> scale the results to get ANY results you wish. Now, here is the
> question for all of you on the list smarter than I. What does the
> following quote I am taking from the Deputy commissioner actually say
> in English. I AM SERIOUS. I know what is happening, they are
> changing scaling of the scores so we don't go storm their office, but
> someone put this crap in English for me.... PLEASE!
> "One procedure is to compare the scale scores we originally developed
> based on a large sample to those developed based on the total state
> data. This procedure, conducted with our contractor CTB, identified a
> discrepancy between the results for the intermediate ELA test based on
> the sample data and the actual results based on the total statewide
> performance. We have confirmed that the first reports sent to you for
> the intermediate ELA test were innacurate, and we will release new
> score reports to the schools"
> I see this as the ability to scale a score to yield the results one
> Bill Cala
> "Scaling is for Fish"
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