TEA’s scoring scale accommodates the declining performance of Texas Students.
The STAAR/EOC Scoring is very confusing. I reported 38% as the minimum passing score for the Algebra II EOC scores for 2013. Following is a parent comment that I received and I want to show exactly how the 38% is calculated.
Please know that I want parents to be more informed about the STAAR/EOC scores.
School administrators know how to determine the Raw Score Percent scores. If administrators are only announcing the percentage of students that have passed each subject, they are not not telling the whole story. The Algebra II EOC score for the 2013 test is the perfect example of how parents and students were scammed by TEA as well as administrators.
In one school district there was much celebration over 99% of the student passing Algebra II. A comment from a parent from this school follows. Hopefully this parent will be asking administrators as well as school board members more questions about the Exemplary Rating of the school. Are students actually performing at an exemplary level. I do hope so, but sadly the TASA Vision Learning Reform implemented by many Texas schools promotes an even education playing field. This means equal education for all students. To have equal education, the bar has to be lowered and it is obvious that TEA has set the STAAR/EOC scale scores to accommodate the lowering of education standards in Texas.
The maximum number of test questions on the Algebra II, Spring 2013 EOC test is 50. You can find the raw score conversion table for every grade and subject on the TEA website.
I wish the minimum passing score was 76% as shown in the comment. But, sadly TEA set the Passing Scale Score Benchmark for every grade and subject the first year STAAR/EOC tests were given. For Algebra II, the passing Scale Score for 2013 is 3500. This scale score remains the same on every Algebra II EOC tests. But, the raw score can change from year to year.
There are five set in stone Algebra II scale scores, 3500 (minimum passing); 3750 (Level II-Satisfactory, phase 2); 4000 (Level II-Satisfactory, recommended); 4080 (Level III-Advanced, Phase I); 44411 (Level III-Advanced, Recommended).
TEA hires psychometricians to determine a scale, using the five benchmark scale scores to equate to raw scores. Just for fun, let’s say that the minimum number of raw score points a student needs to pass is 38. If this happened the psychometricians would go screaming to a psychiatrists. The raw score conversion table would look something like this:
My point is that TEA used our tax money to hire psychometricians to design a Scale Scoring System for Algebra II setting the benchmark scores that would be used every year. Every year the Algebra II EOC is taken the raw scores for each benchmark scale score may be different but generally never more than a difference of 2 or 3. The Raw Score Conversion Table for 2013 has the minimum number of raw scores to pass the test is 19. As shown below, the Raw Score percentile is calculated by dividing 19 by 50 and multiplying by 100%. The answer is 38%.
A percentage score of 38% is a pitiful passing score. The advanced recommended can be achieved by a percentage score of 76%.
The STAAR/EOC Scoring is a SCAM
Students and Parents are being deceived into thinking that their children are progressing when they may be only achieving average grades.
School districts that are using Standards Report Cards are part of the scam. What do the scale scores mean?