Monday, August 31, 2015

California Wipes Testing Database History Ahead Of Common Core Release.

Liana Heitin writes at the Education Week (8/28) “Curriculum Matters” blog that California education officials have removed 17 years of math and reading test scores from the state’s public database “in preparation for the release of its new test scores” from the new Smarter Balanced assessments. State officials said they “removed the data to ‘avoid confusion,’ and to help comply with a 2013 law that forbids state agencies and local districts from comparing scores on the old and new standardized tests.”

        EdSource (8/28) reports that state officials have “repeatedly cautioned against comparing students’ scores on past state standardized tests with forthcoming results on tests aligned with the Common Core standards,” and therefore “deleted old test results going back more than 15 years from the most accessible part of the department’s website, impeding the public’s ability to make those comparisons.” Science and history results were left untouched. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (8/28) also covers this story.

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