Friday, May 6, 2011
Not so Standardized Test
For the 3rd year in a row our standardized state test has varied in some significant way (or two).
3 tests ago, we had a 6-day (2 for math, 2 for science, 2 for reading) paper/pencil test. Last time, under a new state superintendent, the test switched names and design. Not sure how, of course, since I can't look at the tests and their creation and content are closely guarded secrets. We also did the reading online. This year, we're down to a 3-day test (1 for each), back to paper and pencil for all tests.
So, we're taking the 'still standardizing' tests, or the 'in transition to new formats, but not changing the standardization of content--as far as you know' tests.
I don't hear a lot about the maintenance of test validity in this aspect. I guess we're just supposed to assume it's all right.