According to WFPL public radio in Louisville, a new study from the Center on Education Policy shows that reading and math test scores in most states have risen since No Child Left Behind was enacted.
Most states, that is.
The study group wouldn’t draw conclusions from Kentucky’s CATS scores, however, because changes in our testing program in 2007, made CATS, “insufficient to determine any trends,” according to Jack Jennings, the head of the Center on Education Policy. Basically, Jennings’ team recognized that the CATS trend lines had been destroyed in 2007.
It’s important to note that the destruction of the CATS trend lines wasn’t caused by Senate Bill 1, which ended CATS. It was a result of inflationary scoring changes made by Kentucky’s education leadership themselves several years earlier.
In fact, if Kentucky’s educators had not made such obviously inflated, trend busting changes after 2006, Senate Bill 1 might not have passed. One of the best arguments to preserve CATS was its trend line. When that trend line was cut, those who wanted to keep CATS lost their most compelling argument.
So, Kentucky’s educators largely brought the demise of CATS on themselves, and even research teams in Washington recognize what happened to the validity of the CATS trend lines.