Additional doubts expressed about the reliability of these results from Aaron Pallas of Columbia University in the Daily News:
"This week, we are seeing 2018 test results; but the state Education Department has still not released the technical report documenting how the scores for the 2016 tests, administered in April of that year, were calculated. The tests have been used for both high- and low-stakes purposes, but we still don’t know much about them.
- How can NYSED or DOE or mayor claim progress has been made, if as clearly stated that as a result in the change in the tests, this year’s scores aren’t comparable to previous years?
- Why did they so radically change the scoring range, from a maximum of about 428 to about 651 this year?
- Why does the state no longer report scale scores in its summaries, rather than proficiency levels which are notoriously easy to manipulate?
- Where are the NYSED technical reports for 2016, 2017, and 2018 that could back up the reliability of the scoring and the scaling?
- Why was the public release of the scores delayed though schools have had student level scores t for a month?
- How were the state vs the city comparisons affected by the fact that opt out rates in the rest of the state averaged more than 18% while they were only about 4% here?
- Finally, how can either the state or the city claim that these tests are reliable or valid, when neither the scoring nor the trends have been matched on the NAEPs, in which NYC scores have NEVER equaled the state in any category and results for the state & city have fallen in 4th grade math and reading since 2013?