In Gregory Cizeck’s article, he makes many claims.  After he is done telling us how wonderful he is, he prepares readers to be amazed by his analysis of NYS Common Core testing.  Instead of wowing us with data, he tells a bizarre story about… baseball. He then gets way up on the soap box and tells us NYS Pearson Common Core tests”are unquestionably the most accurate, least biased, time and cost-efficient tests…”  Having never seen the tests and without access to technical reports, I wonder how he can make such claims?

Although Greg seems more concerned about the color of my laces than the actual data presented, I would like to offer additional support for the blog that Gregory referenced. Greg may claim that NYS is simply “equating” and that the scores are tweaked to compare tests across multiple years.  Well, riddle me this one Greg- why is “equating” only done on the pass/fail cut score of 2/3.  Take a look at the third grade ELA.  No equating done on level 1 or 4.  Why only equate levels 2 and 3?  Ohhh that’s right, this is the level that determine if a student is proficient or not.

Greg, you are always welcome to join our group and wear green laces. Seriously.

(2013 on the left and 2014 on the left)

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*Update 3/16– Pearson was supposed to release the technical report for 2013-14 tests in December.  To date, they have not.  Since this blog was posted, many items on the Pearson 2013-14 tests have mysterious disappeared from their records without Pearson offering any explanations.  And just look at this piece from the NY Post on the items Pearson discarded.  “The axed essay question, called a “constructive response,” aimed to gauge a prime goal of the Common Core standards — whether students think critically and write cohesively, citing evidence from a text to support their ideas.”

Cizech and his data groupies championed his view that NYS Pearson test was the best he had ever seen.  Hey Cizeck, do you like apples?

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