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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

As per the NH DOE, " The Smarter Balanced Assessment was new this past spring and replaced the NECAP in English language arts and mathematics. The new assessment is aligned to the New Hampshire College- and Career-Ready Standards, which set clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts. The new assessment provides a more accurate indicator of whether students are on track for the next grade level and more detailed information about student progress."

Students at Level 3 or above meet state expectations and are considered on track for likely success in the next grade. 71% of Moultonboro students met the Level 3 or 4 in English Language Arts compared to 58% statewide. In Mathmatics, 50% scored at Level 3 or 4, while the statewide number was 46%.
By comparison:

  •  Interlakes scored 68% at Level 3 or 4 for English and 55% in Mathematics.
  • Gov. Wentworth scored 54% at Level 3 or 4 for English and 41% in Mathematics.

According to Dr. Barry, the NH Commissioner of Education, in a letter sent to all parents with the score reports: " Your child’s score, as well as the school and district averages, may look lower this year. These new assessments measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing and problem solving. These scores cannot be compared to previous assessment scores. Instead, they are setting a new, more accurate baseline from which progress can be measured moving forward. "

It will take some time for the results to have more meaning as the NECAP and Smarter Balanced Assessments are two very different types of exams.
As you scroll down to the last chart, you will note some areas where we scored extremely well and then some areas where the results were very low and underperformed the statewide numbers significantly.


Terence C. Jatko said...

Note that this document is preceded by the usual "It's really not as bad as it looks" disclaimer blaming the dismal results on something other than a complete failure of the public education system to perform its most basic function.
Seventy percent of MA graduates are prepared for college in "English Language Arts" ( I assume that's three separate categories) and a pathetic forty-nine percent prepared for college-level mathematics. And we should be happy because it's not as bad as the statewide average? This means that thirty percent of MA graduates going to college to study most subjects will be enrolled, or should be enrolled, in remedial classes to bring them up to minimal standards, and an appalling fifty percent will need remediation in basic mathematics should they endeavor to study business, science, or engineering.
What would happen to a factory producing only seventy percent of its product that functions as advertised ? I'll tell you what; it would go out of business in a couple of years (unless, of course, it had government subsidies). That's what would happen in the real world.
In the bizarro world of the public "education" system, it's simply more and more spending and moving on to the next educational fad.

Anonymous said...

Great comment Mr.Jatko. Our schools all across the country are failing our kids.

Joseph Cormier said...

Here's a published essay in the Union Leader regarding education and degrees.

The piece is debatable.


Are degrees the answer, especially if degree majors, are irrelevant in today's economy/society!


Whatever happened to trade schools and Community College emphasis on the trades and skills?

Anonymous said...

MA has numerous CAD computers. What applications are students learning on the CADs. MA also has a fine woodworking shop. Is the shop being used to it's full potential? Do our schools employ educators that can teach any technical, trade or vocational skills?