Watch me pull a rabbit (or test score) out of my hat...
Here is what TEA is reporting on their Facebook Page:
TCAP Update: Following the state's conference call, we now know that the state did change its methodology for calculating quick scores for students in grades 3-8. It is now using the cubed-root method the state has been using for high school EOCs. This change in methodology resulted in apparent grade inflation, leading parents and educators to believe students had performed better than in previous years. The change resulted in about a 4-point increase in cut scores from the method used in 2014.
Please visit the link below for documents provided by the state in its attempt to explain these changes. TEA still has many, many questions about the reliability of both the quick and cut scores, why these changes were made and how proficiency levels are determined. We will continue our efforts to get more answers from the state and insist that they #showthemath.
Our Instructional Advocacy and management teams are reading all comments left on our FB posts on this topic to formulate more questions for the state. Please continue to share your thoughts, experiences and even your rants.
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