Tuesday, October 30, 2007

60% of Tennessee Readers fail test

...but we were told they passed. New, more difficult, TCAP tests coming in 2009-10. Why did Phil Bredesen wait until the last of his 8 years in office to implement these more difficult tests? And he waited until AFTER he got a huge tax increase passed??


The TCAPs are going to get a lot harder.

Eighty-seven percent of Tennessee fourth-graders got a "proficient" grade on the state reading achievement test in 2005, when only 27 percent earned a proficient rating on a national reading achievement test, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study and other sources.


"The state tests are widely known to be calibrated to the lowest standard," said James Guthrie, a professor of public policy and education and director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Vanderbilt University.

"The gap is real, and our students are not being held to a sufficiently high standard. For me, as a resident of this state, it's embarrassing and unacceptable."

The sweeping changes in math and language arts standards are a part of Gov. Phil Bredesen's education reform. They're intended to produce graduates who don't need remedial help in college, don't lag behind their peers and can compete in the marketplace.

They'll roll out in the 2009-10 school year, pending approval from the state Board of Education.