In an article this morning published in the local paper I found the following quotes about student achievement in a local district. Under the heading of Pace of Student Achievement Growth Picks Up.” As a teacher of around 40 years now retired and someone who has familiarity with standardized testing I defy anyone to explain to me what these quotes mean without the supporting numbers or definitions.
“Show a pace of achievement growth unprecedented in recent times in our district” Compared to what and when or how long, what exactly are recent times?
“…With only one class failing to show required achievement growth for more than 50% of the class.” So does this mean that if 50% of the class makes whatever the assigned growth is then that is satisfactory?
“He stressed the importance of measuring expected growth overall alongside other measures of baseline proficiency.” So does this mean each year we pick the one area we did well in and publicize it!
Then at the end of the story he said something I do understand.
“More of our student’s school experience aligns with what the assessments cover.” i.e. we are doing a better job of teaching to the test!
How can we expect honest achievement from our students if we can’t get an honest understandable, straight forward analysis and statements from their leaders.