Monday, May 17, 2010

Small Schools and Cut Scores

Julia Steiny:

To be proficient in math, a kid needs 1,140 points. The inevitable nastiness of tests is that 1,139 is not proficient, but 1,140 is. Nine Beacon juniors got 1,139. One lousy little point would have rendered those 9 kids proficient, adding a whopping 20 percent proficient to the existing 16. In math, 36 percent proficiency would have given a core-urban school rock-star status. But no, it was not to be.

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