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  •  So what you are saying is (2+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, Lujane

    it really is worse?  Great.  Thanks (and I republished to Teachers' Lounge).

    •  no - (8+ / 0-)

      simply one has to be careful to understand the data.

      Their is a long history of schools showing wonderful performance with low-income families - elementary schools serving for example the families of graduate students at Michigan.  we are seeing something of the same phenomenon as some families slip down the economic ladder, but the kids have already benefited from family's previous economic status and parental education.

      This was not intended as any earthshaking diary.  Just simply pointing out something that is often ignored when discussing data on school performance.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:43:53 PM PDT

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    •  I interpret it.. (0+ / 0-)

      ...as yet another example of how standardized test scores are misleading and misinterpreted.   There are Lies and Damn Statistics, and then there are standardized tests, which are both.

      And, yes, this information calls into question the ASSUMPTION that when scores on standardized tests rise, that it is always due to action on the school's part.   It may, instead, be accounted for by other factors such as more children with educated parents, who tend to score higher on the tests, moving into free/reduced lunch status.  .

      Standardized Tests do not answer the question of WHY students score the way they do.   And, too many people are profiting over this confusion, by presenting their interpretation of WHY as a fact, when it is anything but factual
       

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