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One More Delay

October 7, 2013

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.

  1. Doug Fishback
    October 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I wonder how many of the 8th graders who opted out of field testing will receive “new” writing test scores.


  2. Fred Aresco
    October 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Did you miss the notice from the SDE that the 7th grade geography test (online) did not produce enough statistical data to be valid. Therefore next years test will also be a field test? This was one of the tests impacted by the Computer SNAFU. The ones that the SDE said had no effect on the test scores. We are going to be evaluated on the TLE using these scores and on the A-F report card using these scores but these scores will be absent. Also I am supposed to “adjust my teaching” to improve our scores but it is difficult (not that I do it) to adjust to something that you do not see. Field test scores are not given to the schools.


  3. October 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Testing companies have grading protocols for a reason. Disagreements should have been handled on the spot during the grading. I wonder if essays were distributed electronically to scorers instead of having all the grading done at a “Grading workshop” with scorers together and in person.

    Any idea what percentage of writing scores were “recalled?”


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