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DC officials quietly reject tougher test grading

Sunday - 9/22/2013, 5:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia public school test scores that were hailed as historic highs were the result of a decision to score the tests in a way that yielded higher math scores.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1dzBRWI ) reports the 2013 test results showed gains in math, even though D.C. students got far fewer math questions correct than in 2012.

D.C. teachers had recommended a new grading scale that would have held students to higher standards on new tougher tests. But officials reviewed projections that the scale would result in declines in math proficiency rates.

Officials instead decided to keep the level of difficulty constant.

Experts say the decision is generally reasonable to keep scores comparable to past years. But it differs from approaches in states that transitioned to tougher tests, including Virginia.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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