· The 2013 Technical Report has just been posted. It will allow researchers to study the quality of last year’s foundational Core exams. While this is more than a year after the test was given, SED wanted the information to be accurate and provide a “transparent baseline.”
· A year ago, to calm parents who felt the tests were too long, he did an item analysis concluding that students had enough time to finish the exams. Parts of it will appear in the 2013 Report.
· Nevertheless, the 2014 tests were shortened. This concession is contrary to SED belief that having more items lets a wider range of performance indicators be tested at varying degrees of difficulty.
· Revealing all items would expose embedded field test items, precluding their use on future exams. But SED has posted more items online this year despite concern that disclosure encourages too much time to be spent on test preparation.
· While some objections to giving students stand-alone field tests in June may have merit, this approach is a necessary, if less than ideal, complement to embedding items.
· Kentucky, the first state to administer core-aligned testing in 2011, saw a 2% rise in reading and math proficiency the next year.
union predicts "slight rise" in test scores this year
Reasons behind Fred Smith parody - see below the break
I put this faux press release together at the end of July and wanted to beat SED to the punch--anticipating the delivery of its usual self-serving and vacuous announcement of the annual test results. The attributions to Tisch and King are their own words taken from previous press releases or public statements. (King's "patriotic endeavor" comes from remarks he made at a tribute to his uncle--currently posted on SED's web site.)
Please note that SED is expected to announce the 2014 results in a day or two, and the UFT has just issued its prediction. SED has had the results at its disposal for over a month. Why the delay?
I want to make a mockery of the way SED manages/manipulates the news. And I want to juice up the drumbeat for transparency and truth in testing.