One More Delay
The following notice went out to superintendents, principals, and district testing coordinators this morning:
|Writing Assessment Update
OK State Dept of Ed sent this bulletin at 10/07/2013 09:02 AM CDT
Dear Superintendent, Principal and District Test Coordinator,
It has been brought to our attention that some Grade 5 and Grade 8 Writing Assessments need to be scored by a third reader and will likely receive a new writing score. The original two readers did not agree sufficiently to produce a valid score for the students’ writing. You may or may not have students who will receive new scores. If you do, the students whose papers are being re-scored are posted on the State Department of Education Single Sign On Site. Click below the chalk board in the Accountability A to F box. Next, click on the reports tab found on the blue bar near the top of the screen. The students are listed by school.
Please know that the impacted students will receive new writing assessment scores in the middle of October.
This is another failure by the testing company and the SDE. As a state, we pay dearly for this testing process. We also pay generous salaries to state staff who can’t seem to get their jobs done effectively.
Issues regarding responses scored with low interrater reliability should have been resolved long before now. Even a few students having to have their tests re-scored can impact accountability reports. Also, if students are to receive corrected scores by the middle of October, then the SDE can’t possibly just be finding out about this today.
Once again, Oklahoma deserves better.