The Hartford Courant article is entitled “Achieve Hartford: A Rough Year For CMT scores.” It reports that Achieve Hartford has released their assessment of this year’s Connecticut Mastery Test results.
Their observation is so absurd that we can virtually forego any introduction, conclusion or commentary.
Achieve Hartford writes, “One look at the summary data tells the story of 2013 test scores in Hartford. It was a rough year. The only interesting fact is that it seems to have been a rough year for almost all Districts in CT, as statewide, Grades 3-8 showed a significant decrease on average, showing potentially some extraneous factor related to this year’s test influencing the performance of students. This is little consolation for students, families, teachers, administrators and central office staff who are all working so hard to show gains in student performance.”
So let’s just get this right…
When it comes to Hartford’s public education system, these education reform proponents fail to support any policies aimed at reducing poverty, expanding services for non-English speaking students or enhancing assistance for students who need special education services.
They support a testing frenzy that includes standardized tests that aren’t aligned to what students are actually learning.
And then they have the audacity to say the “poor” test results of “extraneous factors” and are “little consolation for the students, families, teachers, administrators and central office staff who are all working so hard to show gains in student performance?”
A result of extraneous factors?
Are of little consolation?
Is it possible that these education reformers are simply too stupid to grasp that the test results don’t actually measure student performance?