State Audit shows KIRIS test has been
Date sent: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 00:46:32 -0500
From: "Richard G. Innes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Florida repeats WA's test mistakes
You asked in response to the recent Kentucky KIRIS test audit:
Sure! It was even mentioned in the audit.
For example, on page 9, the auditor notes that kids were given more time
to do tests in each subject (spread out over up to *3 days* by 1997).
Also mentioned on this page, all testing used to be done in Grades 4, 8 and
12. Grade 4 testing is now reduced, as some elements are given to Grade 5
kids. The same comment applies to former Grade 8 testing, which is now
split between Grades 7 and 8. It is pretty obvious that kids will be under
a lot less stress if the testing covers fewer subjects. That can really
make a difference on a open response writing test.
There is an even more obvious example discussed on page 11. In 1992, all
open response items in a given subject like math needed to be graded "3" or
better for an overall grade of "Proficient" to be awarded. By 1994, that
was relaxed so that "no scores below 3" was no longer a requirement to be
"Proficient." That is obvious and blatant.
Another apparent relaxation occurred on the 1997 test according to one
scorer quoted in the audit report. There is some question whether this is
accurate, but that scorer apparently scored based on the assumption that
any flaws in an answer precluded a top score until 1997. In 1997, this
scorer says that restriction was also relaxed. Again, a blatant example.