NC State Superintendent Spins Changing Testing Scoring System (Video)

Spin, June. Spin.

Atkinson says it was to make information more “granular”. Come again?
Tammy  Howard reiterates and says the system gives more information to teachers. Really? 

Both Atkinson and Howard manage to not to mention Common Core a single time. Common Core is supposed to be high reaching, but yet we have DPI moving the goal posts.

Folks, Common Core is the reason they changed the scoring after last year’s disastrous EOC’s. By changing the scoring system, no one can compare them to last year and that is the whole point — not more “granular” information.


Video description:
“June Atkinson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Tammy Howard, testing director at DPI, say the new 5-level scoring system provides teachers with more detail on students’ abilities.”

It’s worth noting that both News and Observer’s and WNCN’s write ups on the score releases tried to compare previous year’s scores with this year’s. So did Asheville Citizen Times, The Times news and Blue Ridge Now.

I repeat myself: You can’t make that comparison. The scoring systems are different. That’s the point — DPI doesn’t want the comparison, they want the media to do what WNCN did:

“New state-wide test scores released Thursday show that two-thirds of Wake County students are doing better in school now than they were two years ago when Common Core was introduced.”

Again, you can’t compare the this year with the other years. This is a shell game being played to mask the failings of Common Core — it’s not a magic bullet of achievement.


Related Reading:  Iredell Touts Improved Test Scores With “Lowered Bar”

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A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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