– What’s it going to take to get accurate data?
There is more to add, but first a quick review.
I pointed out in yesterday’s Blog that the KDE’s tables create a false impression that national average scores on EXPLORE and PLAN exist for each year from 2006 and 2008 and that the national scores remained flat during this time.
The KDE’s news release actually reinforces that incorrect impression by specifically stating, “For the 2008 administration, scores nationwide remained flat, while Kentucky’s overall scores increased in nearly every subject area.”
Kentuckians deserve to be told that no one knows what the national trend in EXPLORE and PLAN has been since 2005. Only one fairly recent set of national comparison scores is available, and that was assembled back in the fall of 2005. More recent National trend data does not exist, despite the very false impression created by the KDE’s news release.
Now, however, I have done some more research, and the situation looks even worse.
I checked my old Blogs (now scrolled off our active site, unfortunately) and the KDE made the same, misleading presentation of national data last year, implying separate national scores had been collected in both 2006 and 2007. Here is the link to that earlier misleading KDE News Release 08-007 from January 30, 2008.
Still worse, I challenged the KDE on their erroneous data presentation last year. That didn’t stop the KDE from playing the same game with Kentucky’s citizens again.
In reality there still is only one recent set of national comparison scores for EXPLORE and PLAN, and that national score set was created in 2005. Despite the deceptive indication in the KDE’s tables, there is no national trend data available for EXPLORE or PLAN for 2006 through 2008.
Never the less, the KDE persistently parades this single set of 2005 national data as though it was from 2006, 2007 and now from 2008, as well. And, this year the KDE embellished the deception by specifically stating that the national scores were flat in 2008 when no data actually exist to support this claim.
The KDE’s misleading score reporting is unacceptable, and the fact that the department has now pulled the same stunt two years in a row is more egregious.
The public clearly deserves better.