I have written on several occasions (such as here) about deceptive test score reporting practices in the Jefferson County school system.
For several years, Jefferson County has turned the CATS Kentucky Core Content Test results on their ear, claiming that any child who scores above the “Novice” level is doing “At or Above Grade Level” work.
That is absolutely untrue.
Kentucky’s CATS program has no “At or Above Grade Level” scoring, and no-one at the Kentucky Department of Education who is responsible for the assessment says that it is credible to claim anything above Novice indicates At or Above Grade Level performance.
Now, the deception may be expanding.
In response to yesterday’s blog about “Would you call this “Substantial” progress?” an anonymous commentator claimed the National Assessment of Educational Progress also reports scores in an “At or Above Grade Level” format.
That is absolutely untrue, as well.
The anonymous commentator cited supposed “At or Above Grade Level” NAEP results that exactly matched the percentage of students who scored at or above the NAEP “Basic” level. While NAEP “Basic” is not tied to CATS “Apprentice” scores in any way, the logical deception used by the Anonymous commentator is chillingly similar to the one Louisville’s schools have been using with the CATS scores.
Now, here is a possible key to all this.
As I also recently reported here and here, Jefferson County Public Schools participated as a separate entity in the recent 2009 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment in Mathematics. The NAEP Proficiency rates were quite low, disastrously so for blacks, who only had a seven percent proficiency rate in eighth grade. So, it’s no wonder some in the Louisville school bureaucracy would like to confuse the truth.
Is the Louisville system now trying to redefine the NAEP down just as they did with the CATS results so people in Kentucky’s biggest city will be confused about how bad the performance there really is?
Stay tuned for more.