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.