Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Why Are There No SBAC Scores Available?

Remember when you got the message from SPS that said:

The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September.

SPS went on to say:

Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. 

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district this year had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier.

That "earlier" was never June so why they said that I don't know.  How do I know it was never June?

I asked OPSI.
A student’s score report contains a lot of information, including results comparing the student to others in his/her school, district and the state. Those comparisons can’t be made until all students have tested and the results have been processed. 

Second, the score report includes all tests. That includes new math EOCs. Standard setting for the updated EOCs won’t be done until later this summer, which is why the score reports won’t be out until then. (Please note that the standard setting won’t happen next year, so we anticipate that the score reports will be available earlier in the future.)

OSPI has held a number of webinars on the assessments; they can be found at http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/Webinars.aspx. On April 7, we said that the reports would be given to districts in late summer (see Slide 9). On May 12, we narrowed the timeline to September 7-9 (see Slide 6).

You can see the problem.  Everyone has a "reason."

SPS took "late summer" to mean June.

OSPI didn't really answer my question which was about SBAC, not the "score report."  (But it seems the real culprit is the EOCs.)

Of course, what about next year?  Will these expensive, computer-based tests allow scores to come to teachers and parents faster next year

Why are we paying all this money for tests and technology if the results aren't available any faster?  (And just wait for those scores - that'll be fun.)

Oh right, good things come to those who wait.  Except we are told - repeatedly - that kids can't wait.


Anonymous said...

This is all very confusing. The Seattle Public Schools website links to an OSPI document, http://sps.ss8.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/Migration/Students/Student%20Basics/Infographic-SB.pdf, that supposedly lists 10 reasons why the State switched to SBAC. Reason #4 on the OSPI document is "quicker results" and states that individual scores will be available within three weeks of the student completing the summative tests. Since most of the SBAC testing occurred in May, it would seem that the State believed individual scores would in fact be available in June.


Peanut said...

I just received this message today, 6/7, at 1pm.


Anonymous said...

It will be humorous (in a sick way) if the results are delayed beyond the next testing time. If this happens, I suspect the number of opt-outs will soar.

- Ridiculous

Peanut said...

6/9, I mean, not 6/7.

Anonymous said...

How will this affect the AYP evaluation for each school? Our neighborhood school is a title I school that has failed AYP for several years, and under NCLB, students could transfer to a school which passed AYP (though only a handful did so last year).
I was also under the impression that this would happen in June, and families would be notified if their school failed to meet AYP before the beginning of the school year.
North End mom

Lynn said...

This Spring's SBAC scores will be used for advanced learning qualification next fall. The score reports won't include a national percentile ranking - so the district plans to use the state percentile from this testing session. Wonder when we'll get that from the state.

Anonymous said...

The principals of many schools have had scores for quite some time now, so technically they are available. They just aren't available to us. SPS 'wins' on a technicality.

My guess is that no individual school or student scores can be released until the whole state has scores in hand. If OSPI was smart, which it isn't, it would have pushed the scores out now and let the news topic simmer down over the next 3 months. At this point, this benefits we test non-believers. The ridiculousness will be front and center in the new academic year instead of an afterthought during the beginning of summer.


seattle citizen said...

I know of at least one HS that will finish testing the last 60 10th graders tomorrow and Thursday, the last two days before finals start on Friday.

Anonymous said...


I'm still trying to get my kids Amplify results for the 3 rounds they wrote this year. I'm told I'll get it ...hopefully. I did request in writing. I was told everyone in my kid's class passed SBACs. So, the teachers seem to have these results too.

2E mom

Promises Promises said...

SPS is pushing Common Core and SBAC through the lens of "growth", and I"m not surprised.

Common Core and PARCC was pushed through the lens of "growth" on the east coast. The east coast began testing two years before the w. coast. Growth didn't happen. PARCC and Common Core are being used to dismantle public education

Promises Promises said...

Months ago, I asked for my child's Amplify results. Crickets.

Po3 said...

If you have a student who has previously met a state requirement via the HSPE or EOC. I recommend taking a screenshot of their assessment page just in case there is a bait and switch this fall and they try to tell us our students have not met the requirement(s) and remove the assessment from the Source.

Anonymous said...

My SPS student was told that her SBAC scores would be included in with her report card along with a McDonald's gift certificate for those who participated in SBAC.
I know of at least one child in her class who did opt out.

Anonymous said...

I so deeply regret allowing one of my children to take this test now. Before this recent delay, I was more ambivalent about the SBAC, but now absolutely everything is negative. No one in my house is taking it next year, almost no matter what.

In contrast, one of my children took a MAP test Monday, and the results are already on the Source. I think the MAP was an overly blunt instrument, mostly because of its lack of alignment, but for my more regular, non-outlying kids it has always been an accurate reflection of academic progress over the year. Good year with a skilled teacher- scores go up. Bad year with a bad fit teacher- scores go down (unfortunately the case for this kid this year, but you win some, you lose some, and now I have a little more solid motivation to supplement this summer). Hard to say how valuable it is to just have what I already know confirmed, but at least it's not too time consuming and quick to report.


Anonymous said...

I presume they're not releasing the scores b/c of the shitstorm that would ensue in regards to the outcomes for students?

Late to the conversation

Anonymous said...

A McDonald's gift certificate? Seriously? Let's 'reward' the kids with fast food? Better that the kids stayed home, learned about factory farming and sustainability and perchance got out of their chairs and moved instead of sitting in a desk burning a minimum of calories on next-to-useless testing activities. But hey, that's just one family's viewpoint.

Opt Out

Anonymous said...

Re: McDonald's gift certificate

When I was in elementary school (70s) we could take our report cards to McDonald's and get a free happy meal or something for good grades. As a kid, I thought it was pretty cool. We hardly ever ate there, so it was actually a treat to me. I have a different opinion of their food now, but a getting a McDonald's gift certificate is not the worst thing in the world. I find it more disturbing that a "reward" is only going to those that took the SBAC. Do good grades mean nothing?

-opted out

Anonymous said...

Second, the score report includes all tests. That includes new math EOCs. Standard setting for the updated EOCs won’t be done until later this summer, which is why the score reports won’t be out until then.

Huummmm... competency based???

Apparently politics trumps a meaningful performance of skills and knowledge as
"The Performance Standard" is set after the testing results are in.

=== It is not "what does Billy really need to know" but rather how does Billy stack up with the rest of the kids.

So much for the End of Course assessment.

-- Dan Dempsey