Colorado: Student Scores Collapse on “Harder” Tests in Science, Social Studies

Diane Ravitch's blog

Colorado released scores on its new tests in science and social studies, and the proportion of students labeled “college-reeady ” was disastrous. That is, if you expect  most students to graduate from high school and perhaps go to college.

Either the curriculum has been narrowed so much that students aren’t learning much science or math, or the tests were so hard that few students could pass it.

Officials said, as they always did, that they expected low scores. Any teacher whose class got such low scores would be rated “ineffective.”

Colorado has been in the firm grip of the corporate reform movement for a decade. Look at the results. Sad for the kids.

Colorado students scored dismally in new science and social studies test results released Monday, a sobering development as the state enters a new era of standards and tests meant to be more demanding.

Just 17 percent of…

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