Your SBOE at work

From TSTA.

Regarding the change in passing criteria, Miller (and others) did not understand the difference between answering 90 percent correct and reaching the 90th percentile. The current rule holds that students jumping from first grade to third grade would need to understand at least 90 percent of the third grade TEKS. The normed approach guarantees that 10 percent of all first graders attempting the test will receive early promotion from first to third grade.

If members of the State Board of Education don’t know the difference between 90% and the 90th percentile, how on earth can we trust them with our children’s education?

The board also discussed the upcoming revision of the Social Studies TEKS, including geography.  At some point in the discussion Pat Hardy, a member of the board and former geography teacher, challenged Jay Leno to come and ask questions on Congress Avenue.  I’m not holding my breath.

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