School districts around the state are having to wait longer this fall to receive a full report of test scores from the previous school year. In the past, districts have received a report sometime in September or October with the full reports available to the public. However, this year, districts have only received individual student reports at this point and are waiting to see how their schools and districts fared on the new PARCC tests that took the place of ISAT testing last year. St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot says she has been able to scan the individual scores but the state is still saying not to release what little information they do have.
One aspect of the scores that Philpot says is new this year with the reports is that numbers comparing the district’s performance to the state average will also feature the average scores of all states that use the PARCC tests.
Another new feature of the reports will also be a 5 level graph showing where students fit the overall numbers as compared to the 3 level “did not meet”, “meets” or “exceeds” expectations used on the ISATs in the past.