Board of Ed pushes back score reporting

Posted September 5, 2013

Members of the state Board of Education agreed Thursday to give students another year to get up to speed with new standards and standardized tests. 

When test results are released this fall, they are expected to show students across the state scored lower on average in 2012-13. It something board members anticipated, given the higher standards.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said, "We’re moving from the minor leagues, where we had a batting average of .450. Now we’re moving to the major leagues where of course our batting average won’t be as great."

The board decided to count 2012-13 as a "transition year." The Department of Public Instruction is preparing a letter for parents to explain the scores and how they hold up against the old standards versus the new standards.

They'll use the interim to take another look at tests and make sure they are an accurate representation of student proficiency. 

The board also gave preliminary approval Thursday for 26 new charter schools and denied applications for six. Those schools could get their final charter in January.


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  • gnostradame Sep 6, 2013

    "It's called masking the truth.

    No group does it better than a board of education. Just look at our own BOE, the WCBOE has been masking the truth for decades.

    Ironic is an understatement here considering Repubs have been at war on public education since Reagan tried to remove the Department of Education. But here in NC, partisans have worked hard to destroy the Wake school system.

    "Wake leaders and voters from both political parties have shown no appetite for the dramatic increases in local funding it would take to match upper-end systems in teacher pay, class size and per-pupil spending, which is down 5 percent since 2009

    Read more here:"

    Nice try News and Observer to make this a bipartisan failing. Repubs have been the catalyst for defunding govt.

  • southern wisdom Sep 6, 2013

    Makes you wonder why was Atkins allowed to stay when Gov. Purdue appointed a replacement ??????

  • Sally1023 Sep 6, 2013

    We should have been in the "big leagues" all along. It is the State Board of Education who has not rolled up it sleeves and come up with innovative, effective teaching method and the legislature who have not given school systems enough money to hire and retain outstanding teachers. We educate them in our excellent universities and then they go off to other states to teach where they make a salary a family can live on.

  • taylor3297 Sep 6, 2013

    A test that is given once a year can only prove how well a student is doing on that particular day. It does not represent the whole picture of how well a school and/or teacher may be doing. I have seen many kids who don't care about the test just bubble in answers. There are so many factors that can skew the results.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Sep 6, 2013

    It's called masking the truth.

    No group does it better than a board of education. Just look at our own BOE, the WCBOE has been masking the truth for decades.

  • sceeter Sep 6, 2013

    The success of tests SHOW success of educators/school systems.

    When tests are "modified" or "re-normed" to something unfamiliar to the past test(s); it is understandable that the scores will drop - to then rebound a year or so, later.

    It's called "teaching to pass the test to earn a higher score to show the state". Once you become familiar with a test template and/or structure, you can "teach" for it.

    It SHOULD be how the student performs throughout the year and how the student conceptualizes what he/she has learned. Also, it SHOULD be how college and/or employment ready the child becomes when and if the child actually graduates High School.

    Course, we have - supposedly - more students graduating High School but cannot compete well in college or have really any basic work skills any supposed employer states they cannot find... but, hey - the kid graduated High School, right?

  • dare107 Sep 6, 2013

    Yeah you have to give the teachers time to teach the test!

  • taylor3297 Sep 6, 2013

    Anytime you have a new test or re-norm a test, score fall. When the EOG was updated and re-normed, scores fell a bit, but started going back up the next year. This is nothing new and not sure why folks don't understand this. Also, why are we putting so much emphasis on one test? What is more important is how the student performs throughout the year.

  • yankee1 Sep 6, 2013

    They'll just keep postponing until they can manipulate things enough to make it look like kids actually graded out well enough to make teachers look at least semi-successful.

  • corey3rd2 Sep 6, 2013

    More charter schools to fill up shopping malls.