Re: E.J. Blott Elementary to celebrate success
Posted by: Education Voter (IP Logged)
Date: August 17, 2007 11:14AM
Look at yourselves, Liberty people, Catholic or otherwise. If trying to help out a few Youngstown kids two years ago would drive your numbers down to sanctions, or having a few extra parochial school kids could really drive the score numbers up to a better category.. than WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE VALUE OF THESE TESTS?
Your own child's score is what matters. Your own child's score could be either much higher than the average, or much lower. Or he/she could be scoring about the same as other kids. What is the point really of comparing this year's class to last year's class? We all know every class has its own personality.
Anyone who has taken a civil service test should understand what these scores mean for the future success of your child. You score high on a test -- great. Does it predict the quality of your actual work in the workforce thereafter? That we are not so sure about.
Also parents, don't get in a sweat about this test score in isolation. The test items on these are not secure. Have you heard about bootleg copies of the fireman's test, etc.? Well, the state publishes a number of questions on their website every year, with answers. The testing company has a limited bank of questions they use for the tests. YOU WILL SEE THOSE QUESTIONS AGAIN. Some schools download these questions every year and save them until they have their own bank of questions and answers. They make sure the kids study these. That is why, when there is a new test, like the fifth grade science and social studies this year, the scores for that test are much lower.
Other school systems have not thought of doing this. (For educators, this sort of thing was always considered unethical.) I asked the O.D.E. about this and their answer was kind of "What can we do about it?" I saved the e-mail response, so I could paste it here. So if you are in a school system with slightly lower scores, do not worry. Look at your child's other scores, like the S.A.T. or Iowa. Those tests are more reliable and valid.
Whenever parents say that their kids have to do "packets" of test questions and answers, I wonder. Hmmmm. They could be similar questions, sure. They could also be the same questions.
I think the whole farce is just a way to privatize education, not for the Catholic schools, for the corporate schools that will come next. Four, at least, in Youngstown already. At least one in Columbiana County. No school boards to worry about anymore, because no taxpayer voice needed. Only taxpayer $.