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Talk about a messed-up, incomprehensible system!
Many students across the nation have returned to school or will return this week, without their Common Core test scores!
Didn’t the cheerleaders for the tests say that students needed to know, parents needed to know, teachers needed to know what those scores are? Didn’t they say that no one would know how students are doing compared to students in other districts and states without those scores? I don’t happen to know any parents who actually care how their child compares to another child across the nation, but someone does. Maybe someone in the U.S. Department of Education.
Blogger Perdido Street School points out that things go slowly because the benchmarks are set after the tests are given.
Just as with the New York Common Core tests, the benchmarks aren’t set until long after the students take their tests.
With the old New York State Regents exams, the benchmark scores were set before students took their tests and were posted right after the test ended.
That seems like a fair and honest way to do things – set the passing mark before students take the test.
But in the Era of Common Core, when educrats and reformers wanted to rig the tests for 70% failure rates, all of these Common Core tests, including the high school tests, are benchmarked long after students take their tests and the results are in.
If not, why not set the benchmarks before, the way they used to with the Regents exams?