Robert I. Shaps, the new Superintendent of the Mamaroneck School District, sent out a letter to parents regarding the 2010 State Assessment Results. What
does this letter actually mean?
David M. Steiner, our Education Commissioner, raised the number of questions that students need to get correct in order to reach proficiency on the state’s grade 3-8 math and English Assessment Tests. According to Steiner, the original bar was set too low and did not reflect students’ future success on the Regents Exams or their performance in their first year in college.
The "cut scores" established by the Regents and Commissioner Steiner are intended to signal college readiness standards. The "cut scores" classify students proficiency in one of four performance levels: Level 1- does not meet standards; Level 2 – partially meets standards; Level 3- meets standards; and Level 4 – meets standards with distinctions.
Based on extensive research, Steiner concluded that some students who scored proficient on state exams were unprepared to do the work required in college without remediation.
Since the new proficiency scores are more rigorous this year, fewer students scored at Level 3 & Level 4. In the past, students who scored at Level 1 or Level 2 on the exams were required to receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) from their schools. Because more students will be scoring at Level 1 & Level 2, specifically for the 2010-2011 school year, the Regents approved amendments that provide greater flexibility to districts in meeting their AIS requirements.
Therefore, students who receive a 2 on their Math or English exam may not receive AIS services this school year.
–Debbie Ausch is owner of the Prodigy Learning Center