This is Part 2 of our review of the Washington State SBAc test score results released on Sept 10, 2018. In our first article: https://swweducation.org?p=5232 we reviewed the results and offered a quick snapshot of an example. Today we offer a more detailed view of how the ten (10) districts in Southwest Washington State compare to each other and the State results.
Let’s start out by providing you the link to the State results: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/ScaleScores.aspx
In this link you get to specific 2017-18 vs. 2016-17: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&yrs=2017-18&year=2017-18
Let’s set the record straight about the SBAc test:
- It’s only been in use 3 years
- It was never tested or benchmarked
- The results can’t be correlated to nor used as a comparison to any other test
- It’s owned (like Common Core) by private For Profit interests who are only in it to make money selling testing and new text books and services
- It’s NOT a required test. Any parent can Opt-Out their child.
- The test itself is terrible. The questions are worded/framed unlike anything the students learn.
- The test is “adaptive” – it gets harder or easier depending on whether the answers are right or wrong which means the test does NOT represent the students grade level knowledge
- Green denotes scores that are higher than the State results
- Red denotes scores that fell below the State results
- Two (2) districts (Camas and Ridgefield) exceeded the State results at every grade level
- Vancouver and Evergreen fell below the State in every grade
- Washougal exceeded the State in 6 of 7 grades
- Hockinson, Battle Ground and LaCenter exceeded the State in 5 of 7 grades
- Camas and Ridgefield exceeded the State results in every grade
- Evergreen and Vancouver fell below the State in every grade
- Green Mountain fell below the State in every measured grade
- Washougal exceeded the State in 5 of 7 grades
- Hockinson exceeded in 4 of 7 grades
What do these numbers mean?
- The percentage numbers showing are those who PASSED the test. In order to understand the true scope we need to show the percent who FAILED. Here are some examples:
- ELA: Green Mountain 61.6% of 6th graders FAILED
- ELA: Vancouver 52.5% of 6th graders FAILED
- Math: BGSD 5th grade 59.8% FAILED
- Math: Hockinson 8th grade 55.4% FAILED
- Math: Evergreen 6th grade 63.5% FAILED
- Are the children really that far behind…or…does the test have something to do with the results?
- Do socio-economics have anything to do with the test results? Camas, Washougal and Ridgefield were the highest scoring districts and they have the greatest growth in housing and income.
- What do the test results tell us? They don’t come back until school has started the next year so they can’t be used to adjust curriculum or specialize education for students
- Are these tests merely for administrators and government officials to use to either praise themselves or seek more money…because we all know that more money fixes everything
Now let’s move on to compare the districts test results from the most recent year (2017-18) to the first year of the test (2015-16). What can we glean? After 3 years there should be some semblance of comfort with the testing format so that concern should be gone. Are students doing better or worse after 3 years fully immersed in the Common Core education curriculum that the SBAc measures? If Common Core is so great shouldn’t the test scores be improving?
Ok…here’s what we did. We took the scores for Washington State and the ten (10) school districts in SWW and put together a spreadsheet showing the test scores from 2015-16 by grade and then the 2017-18 scores by grade and calculated the difference.
If the color is GREEN then it’s UP.
If the color is RED then it’s down.
What do we see?
- Evergreen declined in every grade
- Vancouver, Battle Ground, Washougal, Green Mountain and LaCenter declined in 4 of 7 grades
- Camas and Ridgefield (the co-leaders in 1 year improvement) declined in 5 of 7 grades
- Woodland improved in 5 of 7 grades
- There are drops of 12; 13; 22 and 24 pts
- With few exceptions the scores are a disaster.
- Massive declines of 9+; 10; 11; 13; 18; 19; 20
- The best performing was Camas with 4 of 7 grades showing improvement
Want to check everything for yourself? Here’s the Excel spreadsheet: WA State SBAc 2017-18
- The testing is worthless and a waste of time and money
- This testing starts in March/April and can go into and through May. Students can lose a month or more in testing prep and testing
- These scores included the “prep” work that’s done in an effort to score well. Districts claim they don’t “prep” but that’s simply not true.
- If we are going to test kids then it needs to be done for information and not to hold their feet to the fire. The present system is a form of punishment
If you want to learn more about the Opt-Out of SBAc testing check our link: https://swweducation.org?cat=816
Contact your school principal and district and tell them to stop this waste of time and resources. Only you can do it. Enough pressure will force change.