The new team running the State Education system in New York State promised real accountability with tougher, less predictable testing. They appear to have delivered.
In 2009, 86 precent of students in New York State scored a 3 or 4 on the math tests which is considered "at or above grade level" or "passing". This year that figure plummeted to 61%. In English, statewide scores dropped from 77 precent to 53 percent. New Rochelle test scores fell across the board.
“Now that we are facing the hard truth that not all of the gains were as advertised, we have to take a look at what we can do differently,” said Merryl H. Tisch, the chancellor of the State Board of Regents. “These results will finally provide real, unimpeachable evidence to be used for accountability.”
New York State said the tests had become too easy, with some questions varying little from year to year, making it simple for teachers to prepare students because each test is made publicly available after it is given. So this year, the state made the questions less predictable and raised the number of correct answers needed to pass the tests, which are given to every student from the third through the eighth grades.
As usual, Cathey O'Donnell at the Journal News has put together a fabulous database of all of the SED testing data. We are working on culling out just the New Rochelle data and will post that as an update when it is ready.
NOTE: if you would like to volunteer to help extract the New Rochelle specific data contact me ASAP. I could use some help. I am pulling the data from lohud and putting into a Google Doc spreadsheet which I will publish when done.