Fail safe scheme falsely insures top-notch results
Earlier this month we covered the colossal testing failures being promoted by Arizona’s public schools. The bottom line is that Arizona students are doing even worse on tests than their previously low scores. More than half who took the tests failed — for the FIFTH year in a row!
This marks the first year high schools were given the ability to opt out of participating in this specific assessment, which no doubt thrilled the school administrators, since school funding is based in part on student proficiency in basic skills. Now some schools are resorting to trickery to boost scores, giving those who earn a “B,” for example, a bright shiny “A,” if they were deemed “proficient.”
But wait…there’s more! The latest educrat mumbo-jumble is based on the fact that a student’s ACT scores can determine students’ chances of being accepted into college, class placement, or even access scholarships. The added bonus is students have an opportunity to finagle their scores. As of September 2020, students who have taken the ACT test will have the option to retake individual sections of the test instead of the entire exam. Those who take the test more than once will be given an ACT “superscore” that averages their highest possible ACT composite score. These perks come on the heels of the ability to “pre-test.”
It’s not difficult to see where this is going. Being a “super scorer” is not an indication of brilliance, unless brilliance is determined by the ability to pre-test, take and retake the test and use the highest score across all attempts to maximize the submitted score.
What better training for the real world where there are rarely opportunities for do-overs — and certainly not chances to use false cumulative scores? In addition, beginning September 2020, students will have the opportunity to take the ACT online during national test dates, guaranteeing there will be no failures.
ACT initially came into being in the 1950s when schools actually taught. At that time, the acronym stood for American College Testing. Today, ACT stands for nothing. It is a registered trademarked company, headquartered in Iowa with regional offices across the United States and international locations.
Education has become a big business, with undisguised leftist leanings,* that routinely produces a shoddy product — pathetically under-educated American students. Teachers, its first line marketers, now routinely go on strike as we witnessed in Arizona. This model would never survive in a truly competitive environment where outcomes matter.
*Center for Responsive Politics