Louisiana’s PARCC-ish Raw Scores Released– with Contradiction
On September 21, 2015, 32 individuals, including two legislators and four state board members, filed a publi records request for the immediate release of Louisiana’s PARCC-styled raw score information.
On September 29, 2015, Louisiana superintendent John White made the following comment regarding those raw scores, as reported in The Lens:
In a call with reporters Monday, White said he would recommend the same cut scores to BESE as several other states are using. Like 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Louisiana students took a test devised by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
Students across Louisiana “took the exact same form as did kids across the country,” White said. “Same questions. Same order. Nothing different.” [Emphasis added.]
However, in an October 08, 2015, article in the News-Star, White changed his story:
On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Education released the raw scores, or the preliminary average number of points earned by students statewide by grade and subject on the PARCC test, or the raw score. To see the data, click here. …
For PARCC testing, he said,”the raw score formula is going to be very different from year to year and from state to state. That’s why you need to convert it into a scale, and that scale ultimately determines the cut scores because the cut scores will be the point on the scale at which students have typically demonstrated a basic command, a mastery command and so on and so forth.”
Statewide scaled scores will be shared Monday. [Emphasis added.]
So, which is it: Did Louisiana students take the “same questions, same order, nothing different” than did Pearson-PARCC-contracted states (of which Louisiana is not), or is “the raw score formula… very different… from state to state”?
The Louisiana Department of Education is long overdue for a comprehensive audit in order for the Louisiana public to know what exactly it might “believe” about what comes out of John White’s double-speaking mouth.
At any rate, Louisiana, here they are (click to enlarge):