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DC CAS scores coming today

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office just announced that the 2010 DC CAS scores will be rolled out this morning at Ballou H.S. Press conference is set for 10:45 a.m.

By Bill Turque  |  July 13, 2010; 7:18 AM ET
 
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Good – now let’s see when the OSSE site is updated to reflect the 2010 scores. I just went there:
http://www.nclb.osse.dc.gov/index.asp
and found only scores from 2009 and before, along with a link to the 2010 preliminary scores, which said:

“ACCESSING 2010 PRELIMINARY DC CAS DATA AND AYP DETERMINATIONS
On the day preliminary release, your school or LEA’s designated contact person will receive an email with his/her username and password for the new preliminary data site. Each school receives one username and password – if your school is unsure who is designated to receive this information, please contact Liz Cohen at elizabeth . cohen @ dc . gov. [spaces added]
The email will contain a link to the Preliminary Data site, which is https://nclb.preliminary.osse.dc.gov/”

I guess having only one authorized person per school this explains why there weren’t any leaks this year. Last year apparently anyone with a password could access all the scores. Many were leaked to the Washington Teacher blog http://thewashingtonteacher.blogspot.com/2009/07/rhees-model-school-shaw-tkod-by-non.html making it harder for Rhee & company to spin the scores.

I hope the 2010 scores are posted by the time the press conference is called. Otherwise it gives DCPS and the press time to spin the scores without any outside scrutiny.

Posted by: efavorite | July 13, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

And, I hope the scores are better than last year because that would be good news and be one indicator that DC kids are receiving a decent and improving education.

Posted by: horacemann | July 13, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

too bad the 40% of children educated by charter schools won't be represented at the press conference. Fenty likes to forget about them.

Posted by: parentof2redheads | July 13, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Questions about 2010 DC CAS:

1) Are these "preliminary" or have they been reviewed by individual schools and any appeals processes completed? (Remember last year and the appeals that went into August.)

2) Some teachers have received their final (glossy certificate) of IMPACT for SY2009-10. Since this is supposed to contain a 10% school based DC-CAS "growth" component, where did this come from and how was it calculated? Please give calculation details for several schools (or all of them).

3) How have the demographics changed from last year in order to put changes from last year into proper context?

4) How many teachers have left the system since the DC CAS 2010 test was given and is this correlated in any way with individual school scores? Please give specific supporting data details.

5) How correlated are the IMPACT teacher scores compared to the DC-CAS scores? (Prior to adding the DC CAS component of IMPACT.) Please provide enough detail data that independent correlation calculations can be done and significant outliers or circumstances can be accounted for properly.

6) Please balance any positive notes (positive spin) with the salient negative notes (reverse spin) that the data demonstrates. Please couch all observations in an appropriate relativistic context so that the intelligent reader can get a proper over-all picture.

7) How much of today’s press conference will be political campaigning and how much will be “about the kids” and what their testing experience was like this year?

8) Why didn’t DCPS announce any TEAM schools this year?

9) Have all the investigations into test taking circumstances and alleged cheating on the DC CAS been fully investigated and publically reported? Are there any new allegations for the 2010 test? What specific safeguards were taken to protect the integrity of OSSE and the 2010 DC CAS? Specifically, have the “erasure analysis” and the “answer pattern analysis” been done by McGraw-Hill against the 2010 DC CAS answer sheets and what were the results?

Posted by: interested8 | July 13, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

see
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/dc/dc-elementary-test-scores-show.html

for more info on the scores

Posted by: efavorite | July 13, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

DCPS press release is here:
http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/In+the+Classroom/How+Students+Are+Assessed/Assessments/DCPS+Secondary+School+Students+Demonstrate+Significant+Gains+for+Third+Consecutive+Year

The fianl results won't be available until August.

Posted by: edlharris | July 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

But, the charter schools are not under the authority of the Chancellor or the Mayor. The DC Public School Board will announce the scores from the charter schools separately. I blame the Mayor for a lot of things, but this isn't something that he has any control over, whether he likes charters or not.

Posted by: citymom92 | July 13, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What an appalling amount of spin, calling on Archivist efavorite, per usual, to haul out the correctives several have so often presented but can can no longer keep track of.
Thinking, in particular, of how biennial changes in NAEP have been small, restricted mostly to white and in some cases NELB students, changes for the majority AA students and subsidized-lunch students being statistically and substantively non-significant; and how positive changes for younger ES students have been entirely due to the increased fraction of high-performing white students in the early grades.(They're still gone by Grade 8.)
"High school students" in the press release include only those who appear in the credit-eligible Sophomore window. Many of those are so far behind in credits required to graduate HS and so advanced in age, they will be written off. (No, Martha there is NO reason why OSSE and DCPS cannot publish the age distribution of test HS Sophomores, so the public can see how many are 17 and 18 years old. )

Q.:Why so long to release this preliminary report, almost three months? A: Necessary treatment of exams by forensic statisticians, so frequently have tests been altered or lost in the past. And STILL, results can appear so anomalous for individual schools and teachers, compared to previous years, that they are subject to further review and comment, as though these were audit reports, fraud may have been perpetrated, and people fired because of them. (We can suppose that year-long student grades will be used to buttress and explain away large gains and losses, respectively.)

From reports like these, the only ones DCPS will release, you appreciate why Federal statistical agency professionals protect the public and their own integrity with fixed time of day and date fixed-format releases. Not that Nixon didn't find that their lack of Christian charity to political spin among those with Jewish-identified names grounds for reassignment by reorganization of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Posted by: incredulous | July 13, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What an appalling amount of spin, calling on efavorite, per usual, to haul out the correctives several have so often presented, and can can no longer keep track of.
Thinking, in particular, at how biennial changes in NAEP have been small, restricted mostly to white and in some cases NELB students, changes for the majority AA students and subsidized-lunch students being statistically and substantively non-significant; and how positive changes for younger ES students have been entirely due to the increased fraction of white students in the early grades.
"High school students" in the press release include only those who appear in the credit-eligible Sophomore window. Many of those are so far behind in credits required to graduate and so advanced in age, they will be written off. (No, Martha there is NO reason why OSSE and DCPS cannot publish the age distribution of test HS Sophomores, so the public can see how many are 17 and 18 years old. )

Q.:Why so long to release this preliminary report, almost three months? A: Necessary treatment of them by forensics, so frequently have tests been altered or lost in the past. And STILL, results can appear so anomalous for schools and teachers from the previous years that they are subject to further review and comment, as though these were audit reports, fraud may have been perpetrated, and people fired because of them.

From reports like these, the only ones DCPS will release, you appreciate why Federal statistical agency professionals protect the public and their own integrity with fixed time of day and date fixed-format releases. Not that Nixon didn't find that their lack of Christian charity to political spin among those with Jewish-identified names grounds for reassignment by reorganization of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Posted by: incredulous | July 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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