It appears that Victory in Every Classroom is going to be very, very difficult.
The first “Common Core” assessments have been released and the numbers are beyond dismal.
The Balanced Score Card has been posted online and has been updated with the achievement data. The scores are not good. This test was given AFTER teachers taught the curriculum for one quarter. Then they tested to see if there was mastery. So, these numbers reflect how well the children mastered the concepts taught to them for one quarter. This is the first time teachers have taught this curriculum which is aligned to the new, more rigorous “Common Core” standards. It’s a big jump from the Georgia Performance Standards we have been using as a evaluation tool for years. Also this is the first time we’ve used these new Common Core based tests, so, expect the tests to be tweaked in the future.
But still, these are not good numbers. For example, 4th grade English/Language Arts proficient or better score is 25.1%. For sixth grade that score drops to 3.1%. Eighth grade math percent passing score was 15.9%. Eighth grade science, 9.3%. Or how about high school physical science? 1.7% passed. Compare these new results with the 70+% pass rates posted for the CRCT tests. The CRCT is a Georgia-made test. The Common Core is national. We have a lot of work to do to get in step with the rest of the country, much less the world.
The DCSS stated goal on the report says, “OBJECTIVE: Over the next five years, demonstrate a 3-5% annual increase in student achievement.” At that rate, many of these scores might get to 50% by the end of the next decade. [By the way, whatever happened to the “Triage” plan introduced by Ramona Tyson’s crew?]
We’re glad that the state is going to nationally competitive standards but we all know that these results will lay bare the reality of education in Georgia. Although we are not happy at all about the scores, we are relieved to get the message out to citizens: We are not properly educating the children of Georgia. We have light years of catching up to do, as the Edu-establishment in Georgia hasn’t been honest for a very, very long time.
Download the full report here:
Read our post on the Common Core Standards:
Check out the Common Core Standards online:
Take a look at the Georgia DOE’s info on the Common Core: