Thursday, June 04, 2015

SBAC Scores Not Available Until September

From the SchoolBeat Newsletter just sent - SBAC scores not available until Sept:
"Expect state test scores in September. 
The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September. These are the score sheets from your student's spring Smarter Balanced tests in reading, writing and math. Last month, the district told families that the score reports would likely be sent home with final report cards in June. Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. Scores also will be posted online to the Source in September.

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier. Thank you for your patience as we work with this new assessment system. To learn more, please see our Smarter Balanced web page."

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the advantages of SBAC over MSP are ????? what exactly. Wasn't the faster results supposed to be the big improvement.

Bait & switch

Catherine said...

Smacking my head, looking for a brick wall against which to beat my head. WHY - for the love of all that is useful/holy/sensible or anything else - in this day of technology and the internet - is there any delay in feedback to teachers/students/families of more than a few weeks?

Anonymous said...

It's almost like OSPI doesn't want to give up the scores until the funding session in state legislature is over. Wouldn't want controversy to get in the way of the education budgeting.

DistrictWatcher

Charlie Mas said...

This is perplexing. The tests were taken on computers. Surely each student's individual score was known as soon as the assessment was completed. And, just as surely, the aggregate scores for the class, school, district, and state were known as soon as all of the students finished their assessments.

I don't find it credible that the delay is a technological one.

Pm said...

Charlie--

The SBAC includes essays that the students must type. Those need to be graded.

Anonymous said...

Staff already have many/most results. Our principal has been announcing these at staff meetings. Pretty positive, btw. Not sure why this information isn't being shared though.

Staffer

TechyMom said...

Does anyone know... If a student leaves the district, does their source account stay active? Will they be able to get scores? It seems a shame to have spent the whole spring preparing for this test, and never know how you did.

Anonymous said...

@ TechyMom, one of my kids left the district after middle school and that Source account was removed pretty quickly. I probably could have gotten test scores directly from the district, but I decided it wasn't worth the trouble since none of the results would impact anything in our case.

HIMSmom

Melissa Westbrook said...

District Watcher, yes, it is kind of like OSPI doesn't want those scores to get to the Legislature. I'll query OSPI for specifics.

Anonymous said...

We don't want the scores, send them to the nuclear waste repository.

-NNNCr

Another GW parent said...

I am incensed at this news. My son spent hours taking Amplify and SBAC and I have zero data from these tests. Seriously?? I actually support testing and think it can be helpful tool but if no one is getting the data, please just let him play outside instead! Our elementary school is spending hours talking about ALO but there is no measure as to who qualifies for those services. My kid is really good at flying under the radar and I know he is not alone. Super frustrated right now.

Anonymous said...

I asked the principal at my student's middle school for her Amplify scores ... the principal replied that she would need to "research it". Two weeks later ... crickets.

N by NW

Anonymous said...

Principals have the data now (it started coming in several weeks ago) and I would like schools to be clear on what results they have already and why that information cannot be shared now. This is ridiculous. There's no way I'm letting my kid do this next year.

Fooled

Anonymous said...

The data isn't coming in a form that reveals anything about students' particular strengths or learning needs (as promised by Nyland and other test promotion agencies). Some teachers have seen results, which came in the form of a single number without any breakdown as to how it was achieved.

-falseadvertising?

Anonymous said...

falseadvertising, do you mean a single number on the scale from 1 to 4?

Fooled

seattle citizen said...

"Wow, your Jazmin is a 3.2 in Reading? My little Sammy is only a 2.8 *sigh* "

Anonymous said...

The teacher I spoke to teaches HCC and said, "My kids all scored fours, which tells me nothing about what they learned. That is what they should score on a grade level test."

I told her to become a squeaky wheel and demand the disaggregation promised.

-falseadvertising

Anonymous said...

Shoreline schools got their test schools in the mail today.

- seattle parent

Anonymous said...

It's a common core test right? I expect a 1 to 4 for each grade level standard, before the summer, so I can complete remediation before school starts in the fall. Anything less from this multi-day test is a complete fail. If we don't get reports standard by standard than this test should never be used, and we should demand our money back from Pearson, as well as payment for the lost instructional time our children have suffered.

West Parent

Anonymous said...

Shoreline schools also have way more technology available and were undoubtedly able to test more kids at concurrent times, and get it done earlier. I heard some pretty sad stories from some techs in Central and Eastern Washington school districts about one cart of Chromebooks being shipped among 4-5 schools for testing. 2 hours for this test, move on to next class, no makeups. There's no way these results can be considered valid given how much the testing conditions varied. Kids in districts with plentiful technology got all the time they needed to finish the tests. Kids in districts without plentiful technology were limited to tight schedules, oftentimes less functional technology. Yet another way zip code will affect these test scores. If OSPI/Dorn and the legislature want these tests done, then they should also appropriate the equipment needed to take the tests.

CT

Anonymous said...

Can we just go back to ITBS? Compare the information given on a sample ITBS score report:

ITBS sample score report

Sometimes new is not better...

-parent

Anonymous said...

I remember getting similar score reports to that for the ITBS as a kid, Parent. Even I could interpret them back then. Agreed. And the ITBS has a much more reliable history behind it, having been around for 40 some-odd years. I also remember taking the SAT-9 (? Or something close to that?) Neither test took more than a couple of days.

CT

Melissa Westbrook said...

Parent, I liked ITBS and it's cheap.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the remediation and meetings that were supposed to happen for third graders? And, for students taking this as a high school graduation requirement - (students with disabilities who can't take HSPE) the SBAC results aren't going to be available until September, even if students are graduating now. This means that students at Garfield (and probably elsewhere) won't be able to walk with their classes since there are no test results available. What a crock.

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