Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support their claim.

Content Comments 

The title and subtitle effectively define the goals of this article, that "the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations." The studies referenced effectively support the authors' contention that performances on existing state tests are much higher when compared to either national assessments (NAEP) or international assessments (TIMSS). Communications quality is solid, especially for an article of this nature. Utility is similarly high if only that the article will contribute to a growing knowledge that scores on the upcoming consortia assessment will be far lower than on current state tests. One could fault the article for not making more specific recommendations to communicate that drop to stakeholders, but on the other hand, the article provides solid advice against looking for quick fixes or knee-jerk responses to low scores. Evidence of effectiveness is high, well-supported by the other studies mentioned.