Another state, Mississippi, experiences an expected dip in test scores as schools transition to new college- and career-ready standards.
Test scores will predictably drop in every state except MA, which already had rigorous standards–and a select few other states.
- The target–college and career ready instead of high school graduation–is much more challenging. The measure has changed, and, therefore, the scores are not comparable.
- New standards mean a change in instruction, which will take years to achieve. No one really knows how long it will take to build teacher capacity and revamp new teacher preparation programs.
- The assessments are new, which will normally cause a temporary dip in test scores until students and teachers acclimate themselves to the online, constructed response format.
- The real improvement process will not begin until teachers get meaningful feedback from the assessments, which is a year or more away.