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. 


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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