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September 16, 2013

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New state tests and Common Core bringing rapid changes


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — And of course, there’s always the new Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers and principals. Part of the APPR scoring involves how students fare on state ELA and math tests.

However, state officials have said they will be using a special method to compare student achievement have grown from the previous year, known as a teacher’s growth score. That will include comparing students with similar academic history, background and characteristics.

CHANGES Aside from the difficulty of state tests, how the assessments are scored has also changed For example, the grade 3 mathematics exam: • 2012: A raw score of 684 (highest being 770) meant a student scored a level 3 or met the state standard and landed in the 40th percentile • 2013: A raw score of 293 (highest now being 394) means a student will score a level 2 or below state standards, but while remaining in the 40th percentile

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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