Friday, October 31, 2008

Reasons behind flat high school scores

Illinois grade school students have improved steadily on state exams in the five years since a federal law put pressure on schools to increase scores or risk sanctions. But over that same period, high school scores flatlined.

Teens fared no better on math and science exams this year than they did in 2003, according to Illinois State Report Card data made public Friday. On reading, 11th graders scored worse.

It might appear that Illinois' elementary and middle schools are making great strides while high schools are faltering. But new research suggests something else: that the standards for meeting expectations in the elementary test are so low and the high school expectations—by comparison—high, that there is a troubling disconnect between the two tests.

Students who just pass the bar in 8th grade have little hope of earning even a minimal score on the college entrance exam required of Illinois juniors, the study found.
Related CPR provides a pair of links to look at the scores of local schools.

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