Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Test Results: Less Than Meets the Eye

Scores on several state-mandated tests rose over scores from previous years. While an increase in scores is better than a decline, there is less progress there than meets the eye. When the state department of education is the one in charge of evaluating the results of its own program, it is prudent to probe a little deeper. Developing.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Chuck said...

The Benchmark exams are only used by Arkansas and no other state(s). The results of those exams cannot be compared to results from same-level students across the country. While some improvement is better than none, as you say, the Benchmarks are basically a tool for measuring progress forward and nothing more. They are designed only to determine basic learning at certain grade levels (which is essentially to find out whether the teacher did his/her job), and not to enhance intelligence, instill critical/logical thinking, or improve performance.

7:49 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Julie said...

The results of those exams cannot be compared to results from same-level students across the country.

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