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.
“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.
“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.
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