Laura H. Chapman: Test Scores Are Not Objective

I’m re-posting Diane’s summary of Laura Chapman’s blog… Is that re-re-posting? The Wall Street Journal Article is an interesting one well worth reading.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Reader and arts consultant Laura Chapman cites an article in today’s Wall Street Journal that reminds us that test scores are not objective.

Panels of experts and non-experts make a judgment about what is “proficient,” what is the “cut score for other labels. It is a judgment. The person in charge can adjust the cut score to make the tests harder or easier. If he wants to show that kids are really dumb, he will choose a very high cut score. If he wants to show that kids are improving under his amazing leadership, he will drop the cut score, and more kids will pass. The public is easily hoodwinked. The scores are Bunkum.

Chapman comments:

Today, the Wall Street Journal reports on the results of NY state tests (page 2, weekend).

The headline is amazing: “Test Scores Are No Sure Guide to What Students Know: Results Say More…

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