My school’s state test scores dropped. No surprise there. We have larger class sizes because of staff decreases, less instructional time because of yearly schedule alterations, and a push to reduce the amount of work assigned in our classes.
However, the good news that will be celebrated is that our graduation rate is up. (My personal feeling is that this is the real goal, not student achievement.)
Now, I’m not one who believes state test scores are all-encompassing, and I don’t believe they are even the most important measures we use. Still, the drop in the last two straight years is starting to concern me, especially if it happens a third year in a row. It has to indicate some type of change.
The start of the drops coincides with the first time the school changed its schedule and its instructional time.
Maybe the canary is dying in the coal mine.