Since 1990, Kentucky testing has had three scoring systems, each easier than the last. By easier, I mean two things.
First, we set new "cut points" when we changed from 1998 KIRIS to 1999 CATS and when we changed from the 1999-2006 version of CATS to the revised 2007 and 2008 CATS. At the moment that we put the new cut points to work, many more
students were counted as proficient.
Second, we asked for less complex kinds of student performance. From KIRIS to CATS, we dropped performance events and added multiple choice. From "CATS I" to "CATS II" we gave multiple choice more weight than it had before.
Senate Bill 1 demands something different. It calls for P-12 standards to be aligned with college expectations...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Over at Prichard, Susan offers some observations on Senate Bill 1 and its opposition to Kentucky's lowered standards.