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IL Roundtable Opposes ISBE Test Score Changes

Math scores worry coalition Bloomington Pantagraph (via WSJ)
"A business group is unhappy with an Illinois State Board
of Education plan to make it easier for eighth-graders to meet state
math standards...The
organization estimates that the lowered minimum score needed for
meeting state standards will allow an additional 32,000 students to
pass the test."

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  • The Real Deal

    Back in the mid 90's ISBE staff researched,in the accepted manner, the appropriate cut off scores for the "new" ISAT.

    When presented to the Board, the Board President Ron Gidwitz, demanded that staff raise the 8th grade math cutoff which he "felt" was too low.

    ISBE staff went back and trumped up a new cutoff based on no logical process.

    For 10 years, and especially after NCLB, Illinois educators have been pleading with ISBE to look at this cutoff and reevaluate it.

    Only now, with a new Board and new staff, did ISBE have the nerve to evaluate this in a logical and professional manner.

    They are not lowering the bar. They are simply trying to right a wrong.

    Gidwitz's decision was arbitrary and illogical, and it was supported by Supt. McGee.

    If you look at the ISAT scores you can see automatically that the 8th grade scores do not make any sense.

    Historically, the Republican Roundtable has supported the Republican Board President (perhaps our future governor).

    ISBE should be commended for finally having the nerve to right a wrong that we have all had to live with for ten years.

    Many Illinois educators know about this and have been pleading with ISBE to reevaluate a wrong decision based on "feelings" and not based on the accepted process across the country for determining fair cut off scores.

  • The Real Deal

    Back in the mid 90's ISBE staff researched, in the accepted manner, the appropriate cut off scores for the "new" ISAT.

    When presented to the Board, the Board President Ron Gidwitz, demanded that staff raise the 8th grade math cutoff which he "felt" was too low.

    ISBE staff went back and trumped up a new cutoff based on no logical process.

    For 10 years, and especially after NCLB, Illinois educators have been pleading with ISBE to look at this cutoff and reevaluate it.

    Only now, with a new Board and new staff, did ISBE have the nerve to evaluate this in a logical and professional manner.

    They are not lowering the bar. They are simply trying to right a wrong.

    Gidwitz's decision was arbitrary and illogical, and it was supported by Supt. McGee.

    If you look at the ISAT scores you can see automatically that the 8th grade scores do not make any sense.

    Historically, the Republican Roundtable has supported the Republican Board President (perhaps our future governor).

    ISBE should be commended for finally having the nerve to right a wrong that we have all had to live with for ten years.

    Many Illinois educators know about this and have been pleading with ISBE to reevaluate a wrong decision based on "feelings" and not based on the accepted process across the country for determining fair cut off scores.

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