Texas schools are expected to get higher ratings under a new state rule that counts students who fail the state exam as passing if they’re expected to pass in the future. School accountability ratings have changed so much, it’s “a test in itself to figure out if a school is doing better, doing worse or holding even,” writes the Dallas Morning News.
Say a seventh-grader failed the math TAKS. The Texas Education Agency developed a statistical formula that predicts whether that student will pass the math test in eighth grade. The formula considers the student’s math and reading TAKS scores, plus the average math TAKS score at his school.
If the student is predicted to pass, the school gets to count him as actually passing – even though he really failed.
If the student fails in the future, nothing happens to the school’s rating, says Education Gadfly.
Say a sixth grader fails TAKS but is projected to pass in eighth grade; if that same student actually fails in eighth grade, the school is not penalized. Instead, projections readjust, and our former-sixth-now-eighth-grader’s scores are now calibrated to predictions for passing the eleventh grade test. As Education Trust’s Daria Hall explains, “From a school perspective, a student never has to actually be proficient. It’s always projected into future grades.”
Some day, my proficiency will come.