Has Common Core implications
Backing up reservations we have been talking about for some time, researchers from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability (OEA) made their opinion of Kentucky’s new College and Career Ready (CCR) statistics very clear in their briefing today. This slide (Figure 1) from their Power Point presentation to the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee spells it out:
To reiterate, OEA’s new report, “A Look Inside Kentucky’s College and Career Readiness Data,” says educators should not use Kentucky’s new College and Career Ready (CCR) statistics as the sole or primary indicator when reporting on student outcomes or evaluating programs and policies.
There are a number of reasons for the OEA recommendation. Some include:
• Inconsistent calculation of the CCR statistic over the years from 2010 to 2014, because new career ready criteria didn’t exist before 2012,
• Test security issues that could impact the CCR results,
• Variable difficulty among various tests used to show students are ready,
• Possibility of inflation on one test used to determine readiness due to use of special calculators, now banned for future testing, and
• The possibility that schools with similar CCR rates may actually have significantly different academic performance.
OEA Recommendation 2.4 has direct implications for claims citing Kentucky’s CCR performance as supposed evidence of the success of the Common Core State Standards in the Bluegrass State. Quite simply, the CCR statistics currently have too many problems to support such claims.