What Do The Test Scores Really Mean?
September 27th, 2005
In the first issue of the “30 Issues in 30 Days” leading up to the NYC mayoral election (and the New Jersey governor’s race) on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio, Diane Ravitch, professor of education at NYU, and Clara Hemphill of InsideSchools.org, discussed education
— specifically the meaning of the reading and math scores.
Both expressed skepticism about the reliability and accuracy of the scores. Ravitch was particularly harsh, seeming to discount the scores as political, part of an election campaign, and the students “are not being educated…You cannot trust anything that comes out of the Department of Education; everything is done for public relations value…There is no longer an independent research capacity.”
Hemphill said, based on visits, there does seem real improvement in some elementary schools (though not middle schools), especially in poor neighborhoods.
In the half-hour segment, both experts also said the students are being prepped too much for the test-taking, and that tests are being made easier.By Jonathan Mandell on September 27, 2005, 5:27 pm
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