I would like to remind everyone the test hasn’t determined to be valid or not, yet the state feels it is okay to put the bottom 20 percent of scorers on the chopping block and instead of saying no thank you, we’ll find another way to determine who passes or fails the district seems determined to go along.
The error of failing third graders is also compounded because they are not saying students scoring below a certain point will be retained, they are saying the bottom 20 percent will be retained no matter what.
I believe the district will work hard to avoid failing students, sorry make that make teachers work hard. The problems however here are both legion and unfair to students and families. The district has alternate tools to be able to ascertain passing or not, ones that don’t stretch into the summer causing more heart ache and angst and like other districts are doing should use them.