CES Weekly Buzz January 4, 2016
From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey
- JEANS on Monday, January 4th! :)
- MAKE-UP DAY in Monday, January 18th. (School is in Session)
- READING LIST- Grade levels 3-6: Please see email about grade level reading lists and fill out the list provided on the drive.
- PARENT NEWSLETTER- If you have anything to add to the January Newsletter that will be sent home to parents (electronically), please send it to me by tomorrow, end of day.
- TALK TEAM- If you have anything that you'd like to discuss at TALK TEAM, please send it to me by end of day tomorrow. THANKS!!!
- DETENTION SUPERVISION- Please start signing up for after-school detention supervision.
- SPEC-ED INSERVICE- January 7th (afternoon) @ Plymouth HS
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INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES REPORT ON SCORING OF 2015 ISTEP+ BY CTB MCGRAW HILL --December 23, 2015
Independent Analysis Finds No Evidence That Student Scores Were Negatively Impacted by CTB Scoring Process
Today, the Indiana Department of Education closed its investigation into an anonymous allegation regarding the scoring processes of CTB McGraw-Hill. In closing the report, the Department also released the analysis of independent assessment experts regarding the scoring process used by CTB McGraw-Hill during the 2015 ISTEP+ scoring window. The analysis was conducted by independent assessment experts at the request of the Indiana Department of Education and staff for the State Board of Education.
These independent experts are on contract with the State Board of Education and include Edward Roeber, Derek Briggs, and Wes Bruce, former Assessment Director under Superintendent Glenda Ritz as well as former Superintendent Tony Bennett.
Among other findings, the report found that "An expert panel's independent review of the data provided by CTB finds no evidence that students were erroneously given a lower score on the Spring 2015 ISTEP+."
In response to the release of this report, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement:
"I am pleased that independent assessment experts found no evidence that the scoring process used by CTB McGraw-Hill negatively impacted student scores. Unfortunately, due to the high-stakes nature of the ISTEP+ assessment, any doubt about testing validity causes a ripple effect through our schools and our communities.
"I still firmly believe that the 2015 ISTEP+ results should not be used to penalize teachers or schools. Now more than ever, it is imperative that Indiana legislative and education leadership support a hold harmless approach for our teachers and our schools. Holding our teachers and schools harmless will allow us to recognize the great work of educators and schools that saw ISTEP+ scores improve, while also giving much needed flexibility to those that saw a drop in scores due to the state's move to more rigorous standards.A copy of the report is attached.