Back to square one

The Covington News - - OPINION -

The fi­nal year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight through­out the state were re­leased this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a lit­tle bit of both.

More than half of our scores from New­ton County im­proved from last year, which is a good sign. Third-graders im­proved in ev­ery sub­ject area, which is a great sign. But there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment, be­cause can’t we strive for im­prove­ment from more than half of our stu­dents?

While more than half of our scores im­proved, only seven of 30 tied with or beat the state aver­age. We need to im­prove there. But it’s hard to point to one group of teach­ers or ad­min­is­tra­tors or tests as an ex­pla­na­tion for good or bad scores. If stu­dents are con­stantly mov­ing schools, which in the past has been rea­son­ing for low test scores, and are still scor­ing on par with ev­ery­one else, then that leads us to be­lieve teach­ers are im­ple­ment­ing the cur­ricu­lum cor­rectly.

And as much as we look to com­pare scores and keep blam­ing the sys­tem, teach­ers or stu­dents, we can only do so much if the method of test­ing keeps chang­ing.

Ear­lier this week we re­ported on the state’s new test­ing sys­tem. There­fore next year’s scores will be dif­fer­ent, tak­ing away com­par­a­tive mea­sures in un­der­stand­ing on our stu­dents and the way they learn.

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