New York is one of only two states where more students are earning proficient scores on the “nation’s report card” than are passing the state’s own standardized tests.That’s according to a new analysis from the nonprofit Achieve, which advocates for tougher standards and tests. The organization compared passing rates on each state’s exams in 2013-14 with its students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, given to a representative sample of students in fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade nationwide.
Typically, the score gaps are reversed: States say most of their students are proficient, while NAEP scores paint a grimmer picture. But two years after introducing new, tougher state tests, New York appears to have moved the furthest in the other direction.
In eighth-grade math, 22 percent of students earned what New York state called a passing score last school year, while 32 percent were deemed proficient on the NAEP exams. In fourth-grade reading, 33 percent passed the state test, while 37 percent of students earned a proficient score on the NAEP test. (Massachusetts was the other outlier, with more students earning a proficient score on the eighth-grade math NAEP test than on the state’s own tests.)
New York is “at a level of rigor that NAEP is, in terms of what it means to be proficient,” Achieve President Michael Cohen said. “And that’s a pretty significant shift for any state, and a shift for New York, and it says they set the bar pretty high.”
The secod part of the reform equation after rigging the tests?
Declare the results proof positive the system sucks:
NEW YORK –A new education report today found that New York State gets a poor return on its education investment – ranking first in the nation for per-student spending, but 31st in reading and 33rd in math. The analysis, released by High Achievement New York, detailed New York’s history of high education spending and its disconnect from student achievement. HANY is calling for spending to match high education standards in order to be a sound investment.
Fred Smith puts the whole sham into perspective for us: