TEA’s Deceiving Report of Passing Scores

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TEA’s manipulated STAAR/EOC Scoring System

You can find Raw Score Conversion Tables on the TEA Website.
5th grade 2014 STAAR Raw to Scale Scores

TEA has released the scores for the 2014 5th and 8th grade math and reading STAAR tests. The raw scale conversions for these tests is about the same for the past STAAR tests. This is because a scale scores were  predetermined the first year the STAAR test was given.

The scale conversions for each STAAR/EOC is the master piece work of psychometricians. The scale score is said to ensure consistent scoring for the same level of performance no matter how difficult or easy a test is. In other words, the minimum passing scale score for 5th grade science is 1489 no matter what year the test is taken.  In 2012, the passing raw score was 26,  while in 2014 the passing raw score is 27. No matter what the raw score is, it is the scale score that is used for records. By doing this, the public is not aware that TEA is complicit in the transforming plan of the 20 ESCs and TASA to level  the education playing field so that all students have an equal education.

Level the playing field? Equal Education for all Students?
NO! We want every student to have an equal opportunity to be educated, but we do not want all students to be on an assembly line where they all come out with the same mediocre education.
TEA, the 20 ESCs, and TASA are working night and day to provide equal education for all students.
PLEASE LISTEN!!!Again,  Equal Education means that all students receive the one-size-fits-all TRS curriculum sold by the 20 ESCs as well as TASA’s Vision Learning aka Common Core.
In the name of 21st Century Learning, students are encouraged to bring their cell phones to school. This is so they can improve their social skills by tweeting and commenting on facebook.
Yes, technology must be part of every schools traditional curriculum. but the ESCs and TASA are promoting technology in place of  traditional education–kids can text and tweet but they cannot read and write.
Kids can use graphic calculators but they cannot do simple math iin their heads. Without a calculator most high school students cannot solve basic algebra problems.
Many of our Texas School Districts have pledged to transform their schools to align with TASA’s Vision Learning Reformation. Socialization is one of the primary objectives of Vision Learning. The pledge taken by administrators and school board members contains this goal:
We (families, schools, churches, youth organizations, etc.) cannot control access to information by the young and recognize that once existing boundaries no longer exist.
Parents, if your child is attending a school that has pledged allegiance to TASA’s Vision Learning Reformation, your child will be taught that you are not to set any boundaries for TV, the internet, or literature he/she wishes to read. 
STOP STAAR/EOC testing. While TEA promotes the idea that the TEKS are more rigorous, thus students will be taught to critically think.
Hog Wash! The 5th grade science STAAR tests have more confusion than rigor, errors in content, errors in answer choices, and the grade for this test goes on children’s permanent record that is sent to some data base where it is stored for eternity.
In my opinion,  STAAR/EOC testing is a waste of money. In fact, since the 5th grade 2013 STAAR test had so many errors, I suggest that the state testing be put on hold until TEA can develop TEKS that are useful and tests that are not pre-designed  to fail students. Look at the bell curve for the 2014 5th grade Math STAAR Scores below.
Is the curve set at a low score because the test is purposely difficult? Is the test difficult because the questions are purposely confusing?
Is the curve set at a low scale score because TEA supports leveling the playing field, thus supports the programs sold by the ESCs, such as the Eduphoria testing program that is known to have errors. TEA supported the ESCs program called CSCOPE, which is still being sold under a new name, TEKS Resource System. TASA’s objective is to implement common core under the guise of its Vision Learning Reformation. School administrators loudly deny using Common Core–What they mean is they are not openly using the Common Core Standards, but have implemented the common core teaching materials and the common core progressive ideology. The STAAR/EOC Scale scoring is being used to confuse parents so that they are not aware that TEA is slowing lowering the bar for Texas Education.
5th grade 2014 math STAAR bell curveStudents can pass this test with a grade of 54%.
I am interested in how much of our education money is being spent for psychometric scales.
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  1. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of campuses on the annual list of the worst public schools in Texas is up more than a third from last year.

    The Texas Education Agency reported Friday that 1,199 schools have been identified as low performers because of poor test scores or unacceptable ratings under the state’s Public Education Grant Program. Last year there were 892 schools on the list. Under different criteria in 2012, 456 campuses were singled out.

    More than 736,000 students attend the schools on the list, and all have the right to transfer to another campus either in their home district or any neighboring district that agrees to accept them.

    In the Dallas school district, the number of schools listed increased from 59 to 71. Houston jumped from 53 to 86 schools.

    “We didn’t see a lot of change in student performance (on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam) this year, and that compounded the number of schools on the list,” TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe told The Dallas Morning News.

    “It is taking schools longer to adjust to the revised curriculum standards and the new test than we originally projected,” she said, referring to a more challenging curriculum and a more rigorous STAAR implemented over the past few years.

    TEA says campuses made the list if 50 percent or more students failed the STAAR in two of the past three years or were rated “Improvement Required” in state accountability ratings in 2013 or 2014.

    Last school year, just 1,694 students from PEG schools transferred to other campuses. But that number was up from previous years.

    The Legislature is expected to review the PEG program in its regular session that begins in January.

  2. girlodiamonds says:

    You stated above:

    “Many of our Texas School Districts have pledged to transform their schools to align with TASA’s Vision Learning Reformation. Socialization is one of the primary objectives of Vision Learning. The pledge taken by administrators and school board members contains this goal:

    We (families, schools, churches, youth organizations, etc.) cannot control access to information by the young and recognize that once existing boundaries no longer exist.

    Parents, if your child is attending a school that has pledged allegiance to TASA’s Vision Learning Reformation, your child will be taught that you are not to set any boundaries for TV, the internet, or literature he/she wishes to read. “

    While you have the wording of the “pledge” correct, you have misinterpreted its meaning and jumped to an illogical conclusion.
    This pledge does NOT mean that children are being taught that parents are not to set any boundaries for TV, the internet, or literature. What this means is that with the advent of the internet and now the smart phone, information is now available almost instantaneously. The boundaries that no longer exist are geographical not parental. Students no longer have to travel to the bookstore or library to access large quantities of sometimes obscure information. No more searching for magazine or newspaper articles and no need to keep a set of encyclopedias in the house. Access to any and all information is, literally, at the student’s fingertips.
    As with any instrument of great power, comes great responsibility. As parents, it is our responsibility to educate our children as to what is acceptable and unacceptable with regards to behavior. That is why it is so important now to try to instill good character in our children and act as examples. We need to show them why it is important to look at all sides of any issue and gather information so that they can form their own opinions and make intelligent decisions.
    With this easy access to information, comes easy access to a world of sexual, political, religious, and ideaological information and points of view. If a child has a question that a teacher, clergy member, or parent can’t or won’t answer, they are going to seek out that information on their own.
    If you wanted to truly educate your readers, instead of only presenting the part of the information that supports your side and half the issue, you would have included the next section in the TASA document http://www.tasanet.org/cms/lib07/TX01923126/Centricity/Domain/111/workinprogress.pdf (Article 1.g.) that reads:
    “Children and youth need role models and adult guidance and connections even more than in the pre-digital era, but the role of adults is different, becoming one that is more about facilitating understanding, raising questions, and designing engaging tasks that produce learning than lecturing and instructing.”

    This means that teachers and parents need to help students understand what the limits on information access are. The school has evaluated, and is continuing to evaluate what websites do and do not provide information pertinent to the education of its students. The websites deemed not beneficial to education are blocked and inaccessible from the district’s wifi. Apparently, the school has decided that access to some social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook) are not a hindrance and have communicated to the students when it is and isn’t appropriate to access such websites. If a parent does not believe that their child should have access to those sites while at school then that parent is free to restrict access by blocking that site on their child’s device or not providing an internet capable device to their child.
    If you, as a member of the community and not as a parent, believe that students should not have access to social networking then that is your opinion. It is when you attempt to influence the opinions of the community by providing incomplete and less-than-factual information that a boundary is crossed!

  3. Again, you are lying. If I read your claim that the schools are pledging no boundaries for the internet one more time I might have a stroke because it is a lie. That is not what the New Vision Document says. Your inability to comprehend material continues to amaze me. You are doing it again with your new rant on testing. I am sure that most of Texas would agree that we don’t like the STAAR tests. The New Vision Reformation is against the test, as well. It is mentioned NUMEROUS times throughout the document. The test is rather new, so they are scaling it and phasing in the passing standards over a period of a few years so that it will be a better indicator of what the kids are learning. Whether or not it is a great assessment of whether or not the students are meeting the standards required by the state is a different conversation… One that we might actually agree on. Your assumption, however, that the TEA is deceiving us is ludicrous. They are reporting scores on the tests they have designed. If you look at the chart, you will see that students who answer 44 questions correctly are considered advanced. The test isn’t only a compilation of questions that assess objectives required by the state of Texas. It isn’t just about what they know, but what they can do with what they know. That is an advanced skill and being able to answer 50 very difficult questions correctly earns that title. These tests have been set up to be very difficult. The TEA is not “slowly lowering the bar,” as you stated. They are raising it. My kids have been in MISD for 8 years and I have seen the progression into more difficult testing. Very smart kids are struggling on these tests. If you are opposed to the tests, don’t use the results to back up your rant that our schools are being dumbed down. You don’t mention your previous claims that MISD is deceiving the community by claiming 99% passed the Algebra II tests in this article, but I would like to. You say that it is wrong for them to boast this score because they only need a 38% to pass. You go further and state that our kids are failing and getting a 38%. That isn’t true. 99% of our students get at OR ABOVE a 38%. Why do you assume that a school that outperforms state percentages on each test must fall at the lowest possible passing standard? I know MANY students who do well above those numbers…98%! Your assumption is just another attempt to destroy the credibility of a successful school district. We aren’t perfect and there will always be room for improvement, but you and your daughter won’t be the catalyst for improvement. Your lies are told to stir fear and get attention. You are being very irresponsible by reporting those lies and I pray that you will step back and reassess your intentions.

    • Janice VanCleave says:

      I will respond to each of your questions and comments on a blog. I’ll start working on it now.