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This was being sent out on a facebook message from AJ Wagner who is a KASICH appointee (heh heh..not for long) to the Ohio State board of education.  It was shared with me through another colleague.  This is in reference to the AIR tests that were just given last Spring.   Again, these are the thoughts from a KASICH appointee about the AIR test results. 

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THIS IS IMPORTANT and ask that you spread the word to parents, teachers, and school administrators.

On Tuesday, June 14 (Flag Day), the Ohio Board of Education will take up the matter of resetting some cut scores for the recent AIR tests. These scores were set in January, before the tests were even given, but because preliminary results from the tests show disastrous results in Geometry and Math 2, an adjustment to the scores is being recommended by staff.

In Geometry, the scores set in January predicted that 25% of our kids would be in the "limited" category, limited being the lowest score. Preliminary data show that 47% of students are in that lowest category. In "basic" 16% was predicted, but in actuality, it looks like 29% will end up in this second lowest category, For "proficient," we hoped 21% would make it, but only 16% did. "Accelerated" was predicted to be 23%, but is now looking like 7%. The top category, "advanced," went from a 15% prediction down to 1% actually making the highest score. Overall, the prediction was that 59% would be proficient or above, but the projection based on preliminary results is 24%.

Now, let's look at Math 2 predicted/preliminary results. Limited: 28/60. Basic: 17/19. Proficient: 20/14. Accelerated: 23/6. Advanced: 13/1. Overall proficient and above: 56/21.

So our guesses in January weren't so good. The arbitrary scores need to be arbitrarily adjusted to save some kids, but not too many - you know, rigor and all. Pursuant to a memo sent to the board this morning the current recommendation is to adjust the scores so that only 52% will be rated proficient or better at Geometry and 35% will be ranked as such in Math 2.

Seriously?!?!

With graduation in 2018 these recommended scores will be part of determining whether a student gets a diploma. We are headed for a train wreck! These scores and the arbitrary standards being set for rigor put as many as two-thirds of our students in jeopardy for graduation! That'll show the world how tough we are! That'll motivate them to try harder as we keep moving the bar!

The plan is to have these recommendations voted on by the board next Tuesday as an emergency measure. There was no plan to let you see these figures in advance of Monday's Achievement Committee meeting just in case some of the scores are adjusted between now and then. In other words, there was to be little public notice or input on these recommendations. Can you say "Youngstown?"

Please consider coming to the board meeting to testify against these standards. If you can't come, please email or call your board member to let them know your displeasure with the proposal to tell 65% of Ohio's kids that they are too dumb to graduate.

Remember these scores not only effect the students, but they also impact teacher evaluations and school ratings.

It has been shown, time and again, that these tests measure little more than economic standing. Mostly poor are at the bottom of these results and the rich come out on top. Enacting this recommendation assures the rich of success in life and assures the poor of failure and more poverty. You may hate the notion of class warfare, but this is exactly what it looks like.

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I hope the brain trust that runs WW is paying attention.  This "predicting" is also how teacher rankings are calculated.  Unlike other districts with stronger teacher unions, Winton Woods holds teachers accountable for vendor assessments like the AIR test per contract.  I know this personally as it showed up in my evaluations.   For as much as I endorse PBL, it is not likely that PBL is going to be enough to counter this policy of the state board of education to "adjust" cut scores to pick winners and losers statewide.  Even if you say, well, this will be a "one time adjustment".. there will be pressure to make the tests more "rigorous" and round and and round we go.

(Update 6/8):  Although the district did hold teachers accountable for these tests, apparently they are using "MAP" results to calculate student growth this year.
 

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Equalizer,

I actually agree on some of the points you made. My main problem with the tests is that they seem to keep moving the bar higher each year. This is counter productive in the sense that Districts do not have time to adjust to the current standards before they are changed. The bar should be raised, but not every year.

In any event the WW School system is plagued with an administration and Board that jump on every new program that comes down the road in the hopes that is will be the silver bullet that solves the problem. Many of the new programs must be implemented by teachers who are ill prepared to do so, IN SPITE OF THE PROPOGANDA AND BS SPEWN FORTH BY THE SUPERINTENDANT AND HIS MINIONS.

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You are preaching to the choir. I remember quite a number of these fad programs.  While some were mandated by the state (PBS), some weren't. 

I only point this out because the teaching staff will get slammed when figures are released based on these numbers.  

You still have a good number of good people with integrity working at WWHS... but if they are going to be held accountable for this mess, they will go to places where the district is a little more humane... as the state works through this mess.   This is probably one reason why the district has to now pay new teachers step 17 to replace step 7 teachers that left.   Bigger risk... and teachers know it.

Again, the opportunity to "do PBL" is not a long term solution to keep staff.  I think that has been proven.

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EQ,

Youngstown?

Hey, as we stand we fall in the category of "persona non grata".  We have tried to bring solutions for the last 5 years.  We have been called in and talked down.  To every one of the proposals the answer is "no can do".  To the parents of one  hundred plus home schooled children,  I guess they are resigned on paying their hard earned dollars into their property taxes and keep on doing what they are doing.  To those that have additional source of income and vouchers...well they already have chosen their venue.  During  the last 3 years, the Student Achievement Committee have had zero input on anything including what they were to do and the reason for its conception:  RECOGNITION OF ACADEMICS.  We have been lectured to the tune on "how great we are".

I think Youngstown may happen with or without our intervention.

Sorry EQ.  You rendered me speechless this time...

The Mad Botanist.

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MB:  My post was actually from AJ Wagner, who is a Kasich appointee to the Ohio Board of Education.  Pretty amazing to hear this coming from a lifelong Republican. Once Kasich gets wind of this, I imagine ole AJ will "step down to spend more time with his family".

Perhaps someone in the WW inner circle can organize a bus trip to the Board of Education meeting (as advertised above)?  I mean, if we can pull ourselves away from gorillas, bathrooms, LeBron, and Trump.

 

 

 

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