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Thursday, September 10, 2015

PARCC Sets Common Core Cut Scores But Won't Tell Anyone What They Are

Here's just one more reason why the fetid Common Core is doomed to the dustbin of bad ideas and implementation.  The shroud of secrecy, manipulation, and arrogant imposition continues, even though David Coleman has left with his collection of Armani suits for a throne at the College Board:

From Ed Week:
....PARCC spokesman David Connerty-Marin would say only that states are still finalizing their data, so it's too early to disclose how students performed on the test, which was given for the first time this past spring.

He didn't say why PARCC wouldn't release the actual cut scores, and testing experts were baffled by that as well. Several psychometricians we consulted said they had no idea why PARCC couldn't disclose the scores that students would need to meet to reach each performance level on the test.

"Cut points on the reporting scale ought to be something they're willing to let go of," said one assessment expert who's very familiar with PARCC's work to establish cut scores. "I can't understand why they wouldn't do that."....

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