RUBRICS SET FOR "B", EVERYONE MUST GET
A B. NO "A"s, OREGON SETS, TESTS "NEW STANDARD"
From: "Bob&Barbara Tennison"
To: "Coleen Ary"
Subject: Response: Now I've seen everythng TESTING
Date sent: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 21:36:44 -0800
In Oregon the "bar" was raised for testing also. What that meant when
"applied" was that students could only get a "B," there were no standards
for an "A." Students who wanted an "A" were encouraged to go above and
beyond the standard for a "B," keeping in mind that there is no standard for
a "B" either. It is up to the student to figure out how to reach the
invisible bar. C's, D's and F's are not permitted. Any student not getting
at least a "B" receives an In Progress (IP) and they are allowed to redo the
work as many times as necessary until they reach at least a "B."
Students are given rubrics (scoring guides) to follow, with each rubric set
a what is considered a "B" level. Tasks are scored on a rubric scale of 1,
2, 3, and 4, with 4 being a "B." Now if a student wants an "A" he/she is
told to go above and beyond but when they do go above and beyond they are
told they did not meet the rubric requirement and must redo the work until
it is the same as everyone else's.
When test scores fall or huge numbers of kids fail in our district, the
administration says they did so because the standards were so high that
students couldn't meet them. Our CIM and CAM standards have been adopted and
there isn't a measurable standard among the drivel the state passed out.
Keep in mind that we too are a New Standards State and Oregon received a
reduction on the membership fee for developing and kid testing the "New
Standards" in all subjects.
The standards the state adopted have received national acclaim. What should
be proclaimed nationally is" Oregon adopted new CIM/CAM standards, now let
the dumbing down begin.
Bob & Barbara Tennison
78612 Halderman Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-9709
EDUCATION CONSUMERS CLEARINGHOUSE