Those mean folks at the Fordham Foundation are making fun of our test score increases (The Education Gadfly):
"State education officials in the Land of Lincoln are jumping for
joy--student performance on the state's ISAT exam is up from 2005. Way,
way up...What [Becky McCabe] didn't say is that the passing bar on
the 8th grade math test was lowered dramatically. Or that
students had longer to write (45 minutes more on the reading section).
Or that there were fewer questions. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist
to see that something doesn't compute here," said a University of
Arizona professor. "All of the changes they made to the test will
certainly inflate the scores." The head of the state's Business
Roundtable was more blunt: "It's an anomaly that blows the credibility
of this test." Puff!"
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