Walcott says high school students could have written a more credible report than the I.B.O. He says the report's methodology is faulty and inaccurate. ----WABC
The usual narrative from the city is that student achievement has significantly and steadily improved under Mayor Bloomberg, but the report by the Independent Budget Office has a different story to tell.... According to the I.B.O. report on student achievement of selected students tracked over several years, 62 per cent were found to show no improvement between 3rd and 8th grade, while only 30 per cent improved, and 8 per cent lost ground.... The city often points to narrowing the achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and white students, but the I.B.O. report reads: "The findings for this cohort of students indicate little evidence of a narrowing achievement gap." --- WABC
How can the DOE say that you can't use the state tests to compare individual students
Fred: how can we trust any trend line derived from the state tests given the test score inflation and overall unreliability of the exams over this period? And aren't proficiency levels even less truatworthy as they are set by the cut scores which are easy to manipulate and were indeed manipulated as we know by NYSED? -- Leonie Haimson
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