A parent sent me a note about the CRCT and how carefully the tests are reviewed for errors that could impact a student’s score.
I know that DOE proofs the tests, but assume that a mistake could be missed. Has anyone had a similar experience to this parent?
With the parent’s permission, here is her note to me:
My son took the CRCT last week and brought up something I thought would interest you. He is in fifth grade and has always done very well on the tests. I am questioning the proofing of the tests themselves. What first caught my attention was when he was taking the online practice OAS tests. The results showed he answered many of the math problems incorrectly. Yet, when I looked at the questions, he appeared to have the correct answer.
The next day, his math teacher told him some of the answers the OAS provided were incorrect. Not sure how they’re supposed to learn from a flawed practice test.
During the week the CRCT was given, I’d ask him each day how the test went. Every day seemed to be fine – until he got to science. He told me it was “strange.” He claimed several of the questions were not grammatically correct and some of the diagrams were off. When I asked for details, he explained a diagram of a cell, with a question asking what part of the cell the arrow was pointing to. Yet, the arrow was in the blank space outside of the cell.
He told me several other students also were talking about how strange the science portion of the test was. I understand teachers are not allowed to look at these tests, but how do we know what they are putting on the tests is even correct? Who oversees this?
It seems like once the tests are administered, they should be made available for parents and teachers to view. I can fully understand typos and some mistakes slipping through. However, when you place such a high importance on passing a test like this, I would think it would go through several rounds to make sure no errors exist.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog