again treaded into territory they never should and that’s policy. They did so
in a piece about the release of the tenth grade ELA scores.
controversial for a whole host of reasons and the JPEF’s gist was don’t worry
about Duval’s poor performance.
even been validated yet and furthermore I think it’s a bunch of crap anyways but
what we can do is use it to compare how Duval is doing against other districts
throughout the state.
and Jason Rose their policy expert sites three reasons why.
55% of students statewide passed the 2014 10th grade FCAT 2.0 Reading assessment
last year. Because passing-level cut scores have not been yet been established
for the 2015 10th grade FSA English/Language Arts
assessment, the results released today were approximated by finding the score
at which 55% of students on this year’s test were above and making that the
“passing score”, and evaluating everyone else relative to that.
48% of 10th graders
in Duval County Public Schools passed the FSA English/Language Arts test
according to the scores released today (same as last year), and 57% of DCPS
students passed the Algebra 1 EOC (down slightly from 58% last year).
Statewide, scores in this release remained the same as last year (~55% passing
ELA, 67% passing Algebra 1 EOC) – as would be expected with equipercentile
waiting until after a new test is administered for the first time to establish
appropriate cut scores or other properties (particularly without sufficient
field-testing) is not inappropriate or uncommon.To some degree, students’ performance relative to
each other in the first large-scale administration of the test will influence
where appropriate levels are set – in conjunction with input from content-area
experts, psychometricians, and others. This is a common and accepted component
of test specification and validation.
and cut scores have not been released (determined??) yet either but as I said
earlier we can use the scores to compare where Duval is in relation to the
other big districts, spoiler alert we are dead last and that is something Rose never
way off. First 55 percent of students passed in 2014 but this year the state
says it’s only 54 percent. Furthermore it’s true that both this and last year
Duval had 48 percent passing but a lot of other districts had difference in
their scores. If the state was just using
last year’s stats to set this year’s bar as Rose suggests then somebody screwed
the pooch because there are different scores all over the place.
should be noted that waiting until after a new test is administered for the
first time to establish appropriate cut scores or other properties
(particularly without sufficient field-testing) is not inappropriate or
have. In fact superintendent after superintendent including, Albert Carvahlo of
Miami and Nikolai Vitti of Jacksonville chided the state for not field testing
the exam. This was one of their and many experts’ chief complaint and Rose
makes it sound like it is done all the time and what does it matter anyways.
sighting superintendents who disagree with Rose.
JPEF was the butt of jokes from then school board member Tommy Hazouri who
asked, who are these guys? Fast forward a few years and the founder of JPEF Gary
Chartrand has his handpicked superintendent and school board in place and
suddenly it’s hard to tell where the JPEF ends and the district begins. JPEF
has a lot of self-serving interests as they are currently managing millions of
dollars for the district to spin Duval’s poor performance in a positive
Again, Rose is right,
the test has lost of problems, Chartrand is also on the state board, picked AIR
our testing provider and has steered us into the quagmire we find ourselves in
so he has to bear some responsibility for that too right? He however misses, I
am sorry tries to hide the bigger problem and that’s compared to the other big
districts, we are badly under performing.