State Board of Ed decides against adjusting test scores to reflect new rigorous standards

The State Board of Education convened for its monthly meeting today in Cullowhee, where members decided they will release 2012-13 test scores without adjusting them to reflect last year’s new rigorous standards.

Last year was the first in which students were subject to curricula and exams based on the state’s revised Standard Course of Study, which incorporates more rigorous learning goals. Academic achievement standards, or “cut scores,” are the scores that determine whether or not a student’s performance on End-of-Grade tests is considered passing.

Statewide, test scores for 2012-13 were significantly lower than in years past, which was expected and typical when states introduce tougher educational standards.

Board members considered implementing transitional cut scores for 2012-13 that would have allowed a phase-in of expectations for more rigorous standards. Today members decided against doing that.

Educators and board members are worried that the message sent to parents and students will be that schools are not doing a good job of educating their students. At September’s meeting, board member and vice chairman A.L. Buddy Collins said that the new, raw cut scores “will be a tremendous blow to our teachers.”

Based on NC Department of Public Instruction analyses, schools and parents will see drops as high as 30 to 40 percentage points in terms of the percentage of students scoring proficient or above.

“North Carolina students didn’t lose ground in their learning last year, but they are being measured against a higher standard with more rigorous expectations for applying knowledge and skills to real-world problems,” said State Superintendent Atkinson. “In order for our students to be competitive upon graduation, we have an obligation to expect more from them.”

Local and school district scores will be released Nov. 7 at next month’s Board meeting. For a look at the statewide impact of the standards, click here.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    October 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Guess the educrats don’t want the typical NC citizen to know that they cannot educate up to rigorous standards even though they get such a huge percentage of the budget. That would really put a kink in the narrative they have been shoving at us the last several months. Someone may make them spend some of their slush funds if that happened.

  2. Alan

    October 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    It’s LSD tin-foil hat time, again. I need to start keeping a list of all your crazy talk, and publish every now and then. “Educrats” is in the same category as your “state controlled media”, and “so-called science of global warming”. By comparison, you’re making World Net Daily look like a well respected news outlet…

  3. GOP Rules

    October 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Sounds like Alan is one of those paid comment generators from the Policy Watch. Guess Schoefield and Fitzsimon are getting scared now that more conservatives like us are finding this site! Keep it going LSD, with Alan’s innane comments you must be getting to them.

  4. Alan

    October 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    GOP Rule/LSD,

    No, not a paid comment generator, unlike yourself. Yeah, everyone is really scared of the right-wing trolls that post here. Another delusional comment from the fanatical right…

  5. Tim John

    October 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    All these efforts seem like cutting weeds and not getting to the root or addressing issues early enough in the process http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2012/may/30/teacher-honored-inspiration/

  6. GOP Rules

    October 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I am not paid either, but you do seem to get off on trolling LayintheSmakDown with attacks vs. actually rebutting. That is the usual m.o. on comment boards for someone paid to troll a comment section.

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