Assume You Didn't Make AYP, Says ISBE

That's the gist of this note from ISBE's Chris Koch about the snafu surrounding test scores and the accompanying delay:

"In the

past when these determinations have been late, the advice given to

districts was to err on the side of caution and begin making plans to

provide school choice and/or supplemental education services in

situations where there was a chance that the test scores would trigger

these actions."

See below for full text.

Meanwhile, AYP results in states that already have their scores have been looking bad, according to the AFT Blog (It's All Y'all's Problem). Message from State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch

As was explained in prior messages, we noticed unexpected results, both

increases and decreases, in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test

(ISAT) scores during the data review period this year. These findings

were confirmed by several district administrators analyzing their own

results. After a thorough review by my staff, Pearson Education and

third party reviewers with substantial experience in testing, we have

determined that we could obtain more accurate results. As a result, I

have asked Pearson to move forward with re-equating and rescoring using

a more appropriate process.

This process will delay the release of scores for several weeks. While

I am not happy with any delay, as an agency we have an obligation to

ensure that the assessment results you receive are an accurate

representation of student performance.

I know many of you are concerned about having Adequate Yearly Progess

status information for planning purposes prior to the start of school.

We are working to get these scores to you as soon as possible. In the

past when these determinations have been late, the advice given to

districts was to err on the side of caution and begin making plans to

provide school choice and/or supplemental education services in

situations where there was a chance that the test scores would trigger

these actions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding ISAT scoring. I

will keep you informed as we move forward in the process.

Filed under: ISBE / Springfield

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