Less Than Half of California 3rd Graders Being Proficient in Math is Hope?

I just read some remarkable spin today over at EdSource. I originally pointed to an article they published warning California policymakers and parents to use the Smarter Balanced scores “with caution.” As expected the scores were stagnant.

But there’s a bright spot! 3rd Graders scores are improving!

From EdSource:

Third-graders’ relatively high scores on the statewide assessments, administered in the spring of 2017 and released last week, indicated that the Common Core standards — which those children have been learning since kindergarten — may be having a positive impact on math education.

Nearly 47 percent of 3rd-graders met or exceeded the math standards, the highest number of any grade level. By comparison, only 32.14 percent of 11th-graders — who spent most of their school years studying the old standards — met or exceeded standards.

Third-graders have shown steady improvement since 2015, when the Smarter Balanced test was first introduced. In 2015, 40 percent met or exceeded standards, and last year 46 percent did.

Some are getting excited about less than one-half of California’s third graders meeting and exceeding standards. Also, apparently the definition of “relatively high” has changed. These students have been under Common Core since the beginning and still, only 47 percent meet or exceed the standards.

In 2016, 46 percent of third-graders met or exceeded standards. As fourth-graders this year only 40.45 percent do. In 2015, 40 percent of third-graders met or exceeded standards, but as fifth-graders this year only 33.83 percent do.

So the only thing I see here is that students’ collective scores worsen the longer they are under Common Core.

But sure, cling to that “glimmer of hope.”

4 thoughts on “Less Than Half of California 3rd Graders Being Proficient in Math is Hope?

  1. The spin was that the students in higher grades hadn´t had CC from the beginning, but the 3rd graders have had it since kindergarten. So Cal Dept of Ed interprets this to mean that the ¨higher scores¨ are due to their work with CC from the beginning as opposed to the older students who were subjected to that awful traditional approach under the awful California standards for years before CC came on the scene. Something like that, anyway.

  2. I wouldn’t put it past the Testucrats at SBAC to cheat, either. There is no oversight or transparency.

  3. So Shane….how many states does this make reporting such dismal results after spending billions of dollars and 7 years in the Common Core experiment?? You didn’t report oit on Tennessee (be glad to send you our results) but we did every bit as poorly as all the other states you did report. We are told this is a benchmatk year using new standards and the poor results was to be expected because of our new standards BUT the new standards are just a rebranding of the Common Core standards. According to Dr. Milgram and Dr. Stotsky they are Common Core with a new name. Dr. Milgram said, about the math standsrds, where Tennessee did make changes the changes were worse than the original Common Core named standards. I sent a report to all TN legislators. What I got back was the sound of crickets. So the spin begins. Yes this was a bench marking year. A starting point, in my opinion, a stsrting point in which they now kmow how they have to structute the data next time to make the results appear to be better and prove out their lies and deceit with the needed positive spin.

    1. I’d be happy to highlight your results. I suspect every state adopting Common Core have seen dismal results.

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