Rockville Centre school officials unveiled new data that shows how “useless” state standardized tests are to the district.
“From the point of view of predictability for college readiness, they’re way off the mark,” said Superintendent Dr. William Johnson. “Parents who made a decision to opt out made a very good decision.”
In the starkest example, district officials said that while only 40 percent of eighth graders were deemed proficient in math on state tests, more than 90 percent of eighth graders passed the state algebra regents, the test standardized tests are supposed to predict results for.
The data also showed that higher numbers of Rockville Centre students were deemed proficient on the tests than the rest of the state.
As an alternative, Assistant Superintendent Chris Pellettieri suggested that RVC moves to Northwest Evaluation Association tests, which he said adapt to students, helps target instruction and are scored immediately on a computer.Check out the district’s slideshow on tests here.