- Articles today in the NY Daily News and NY Post about the drops in the raw scores on the NY exams needed for proficiency.
- NYSAPE just released its analysis of this issue which is somewhat clearer than mine here: Link to Press Release
- In a comment on my blog, Andrea Gabor points out that comparing the test results last year to this is like comparing rotten apples to rotten oranges.
- Diane Ravitch provides a succinct summary and concludes: "These are serious charges. It is now the responsibility of Commissioner Elia, the Board of Regents, and the State Education Department to demonstrate the validity and integrity of the tests."
In 2014 NYSED had posted a similar discussion of equating, including this info:
Q4: How did the raw scores change in 2014?
A: On the 2014 tests, year-to-year raw score changes for Level 3 were small and varied by grade. Raw scores went down slightly on 6 tests (indicating slightly harder tests in 2014 compared to 2013 for Grades 3, 4, and 7 ELA and Grades 3, 5, and 6 Math) and went slightly up on 4 tests (indicating slightly easier tests in 2014 compared to 2013 for Grades 5 and 6 ELA and Grades 4 and 7 math). Raw scores stayed the same on two tests (Grade 8 ELA and Grade 8 Math).
Instead they would have to admit that in 11 out of 12 exams, not only the total raw scores but the PERCENT of raw score points out of the total fell for proficiency. And this despite the other changes, including the tests being shorter and untimed, which all things being equal would make it likely that the percent of right answers would go up not down.