test scores http://michiganradio.org en Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing http://michiganradio.org/post/todays-state-opportunity-call-show-tackles-standardized-testing <p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Update</strong>: If you missed the program, you can catch the audio on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/wrap-state-opportunitys-special-high-stakes-testing">this post</a>.</span></em></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16054 at http://michiganradio.org Today's State of Opportunity call-in show tackles standardized testing Detroit students post nation's worst science scores http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-post-nations-worst-science-scores <p>Fourth and eighth graders who took a national science test in 2009 posted the worst results among 17 big-city districts.</p><p>The scores are from the 2009 <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011452">Trial Urban District Assessment in science</a>, part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test &ndash; which is often referred to as the &ldquo;nation&rsquo;s report card.&rdquo;</p><p>Results for the fourth and eighth graders in Detroit who took the test were worse than 16 other big cities that participated.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:54:11 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1418 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students post nation's worst science scores State Board of Ed votes to raise 'cut off' scores on MEAP test http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-ed-votes-raise-cut-scores-meap-test <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde">state Board of Education</a> voted in favor of <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Item_I_Resetting_Cut_Scores_MME_MEAP_College_and_Career_Readiness_344799_7.pdf">raising the “cut scores”</a> or cut off scores for what’s considered "proficient" on the state’s standardized <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_31168---,00.html">MEAP</a> test.</p><p><a href="http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/faculty/Susan_Dynarski">Susan Dynarski</a> is an education professor at the <a href="http://soe.umich.edu/">University of Michigan</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"The cut score that the state has defined as indicating proficiency in math is currently set such that 95% of third graders are above that score. By moving up that score, 34 percent of third graders will be defined as proficient."</p></blockquote><p>Dynarski says the new scores will give parents and schools a more accurate representation of how well students are doing and what areas need improvement:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></p><blockquote><p>"The idea of the cut scores is to provide a signal about what proficiency is and what you should be aiming for, and if you set the bar at a higher level, the idea would be then that they’d be aiming for that higher level."</p></blockquote><p>The new cut scores, which are still to be determined, will go into effect for the 2011-12 school year. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:01:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1210 at http://michiganradio.org State Board of Ed votes to raise 'cut off' scores on MEAP test