New Missouri test scores are in, but interpreting results trickier this year : News

New Missouri test scores are in, but interpreting results trickier this year : News



But because this was the first time students took grade-level Missouri Assessment Program and end-of-course tests based on the Common Core standards in those subjects, state education officials say they should not be compared with last year’s scores, which had passing rates of 53.2 percent in math and 53.5 percent in reading and writing.
“It is a year of transition,” said Margie Vandeven, state commissioner of education. “These new standards raised the expectations for learning in Missouri.”
Later this fall, the state will learn how Missouri students compare with peers in other states based on the same test. Common Core, a controversial and more rigorous set of learning standards, was developed by a consortium of states so such comparisons could be possible, and to better prepare students for the 21st century.
Missouri is the first to release its results. Based on preliminary scores from several other states, “we appear to be a little bit ahead of some of the states,” said Michael Muenks, coordinator of curriculum and assessment for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
But Missouri will lose that ability to compare itself after this year. Last spring, the Missouri Legislature passed an anti-Common Core measure that requires the department to sever its ties with the Smarter Balanced Consortium, which developed the test that students in Missouri and many other states took

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