The Alabama State Department of Education quietly posted the results in a new section of their web site.
District-level results began leaking out late last year, sparking conversations in an erratic manner, not really allowing the Alabama school community to grasp which students performed well on the tests, and which students need greater instructional assistance.
Cause that’s what tests are for, right?
The responsible use of this test data is a great test for all of us. Will we do it differently than we did in the No Child Left Behind/high-stakes years?
State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice has told us repeatedly that these are not high-stakes tests. That era is over. No more AYP (adequate yearly progress). New measures will more fairly and adequately assess what interventions students and school districts need.
Our education professionals are now supposed to use these results to determine (1) how to assist the students who are not proficient become proficient, and (2) improve instruction in their classrooms.
With that said, here is a look at the graphs shared by the ALSDE. There are three graphs per subject. Click on the image to make it larger. Or view them on the ALSDE’s Assessment page.
Interactive tables coming soon. For now, you can use the ALSDE’s Assessment portal to view individual school’s results.
Before you pass judgement on your child’s school or your child’s school system based on these results, take the time to read this. And keep in mind this is a new test. A new benchmark.
Then read this, from A+ Education Partnership. It is a thoughtful look at the ACT Aspire series and what the results can tell us.
We have had a low bar with the ARMT+. The bar has now been raised. And these are the results.