August 30, 2013 | 3170 views
Letters to the Editor: East Rockaway, Lynbrook
Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2013
Stop playing games with our children
NAEP’s three scoring benchmarks of basic, proficient and advanced have been so controversial and challenged of their validity by the scientific community that each report actually comes with this disclaimer: “NCES [National Center for Education Statistics] has determined that NAEP achievement levels should continue to be used on a trial basis and should be interpreted with caution.”
Essentially, either because they don’t understand what the NAEP score benchmarks mean or because they are trying to manipulate parents into thinking their schools are failing, when in fact they are not, King and the Board of Regents, led by Merryl Tisch, have decided that all children not performing at an A level are not up to par.
Had they indexed passing to NAEP’s “basic,” which is, according to the National Assessment Governing Board, students who show “partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at each grade,” then the passing rate would have been much better and parents would have greater confidence in their public schools. Instead, there is now confusion and uncertainty.