Tuesday, September 1, 2015
When is an invalid test valid? When it is taken in Florida.
And we paid six hundred thousand dollars for this study.
From the Orlando Sentinel: A "validity study" of the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, found the test is reliable and an accurate measure of whether students mastered state academic standards.
FSA data can be used fairly in teacher evaluations and to calculate A-to-F grades for public schools, the study concluded. But the study also found FSA's 2015 debut to be troubled and said students who took its computer-based exams should face a "hold harmless" policy.
That means a scores on those exams should not be used as the sole factor in critical decisions like whether they are promoted or granted a diploma.
So it can be used to grade schools and teachers but not kids? Um what???
From the News Press: Testing problems run rampant A portion of these issues stem from the computerized version of the test, which was taken by 2.4 million students. This includes tech glitches that caused student sign-in problems, alleged cyber attacks on the system and a problematic software upgrade by American Institutes for Research, the company charged with administering the exam.
The study indicates that while districts reported a “significant number of students” being impacted by testing problems, state data shows that only 1 to 5 percent of students on each exam were affected by these disruptions.
“The precise magnitude of the problems is difficult to gauge with 100 percent accuracy, but the evaluation team can reasonably state that the spring 2015 administration of the FSA did not meet the normal rigor and standardization expected with a high-stakes assessment program like the FSA,” the study revealed.
But hey what’s a few rampant problems among friends.
From the Tampa Times: They pointed to a finding in the report that, for some subjects, only 65 percent of questions were aligned to state standards. Several questions focused on Utah standards, where the test was sampled, the report stated.
But hey sixty five percent is good enough for Florida. Despite all of above and more the test was found valid.