Today Choice for Friday (items that you may be able to help with) Practice conference session Break FSA info Critique Post Mortem. Topics for Friday….
A Short History….(thanks to Jerry Mussio who worked in various positions in the Ministry until 2001 when he was Director of Student Assessment)
1876- Provincial Exams first administered
1925-1973Standardized achievement and IQ tests administered (reading, writing, math)
1968Socred Gov’t proposes phase out of Gr12 exams by 1973
1973Concerns with this kinds of testing (Stndand IQ) led to its cancellation in 1973 by Ed Minister, Eileen DailyGr 12 exams endedJerry Mussio asked by Minister to develop new assessment program to replace Gr 12 exams
1975PLAP(Provincial Learning AssessmentProgram initiated for Gr 4 and 12 after consultation with all stakeholders (teachers, administrators, parents)Overall purpose was to 1. Monitor progress of students’ learning in the province.2. Results were to be used to modify curriculum, select learning resources inform teacher training and inservice
Late 70s/80sIn response to school Principals in return for time devoted to PLAP, test results (reading, math) were often reported by school (& district)All students tested across a grade, but matrix sampling was used (each student responded to 1 of 3-4 booklets that, together covered the curriculum)
Late 70s/80s cont This allowed province to carry out in-depth assessments and report results by school, but limiting testing time.NOTE: results were sent to districts/schools, but not made public – no FOI yet
2.individual student results would be reported and issued to parents
1990sFOI legislation allowed enabled outside agencies (Fraser Institute) to extract data and produce statistics for the publicThis pushed the Ministry to begin displaying school-by-school data on its website
Jerry Mussio states: “Throughout all of my work with student testing in BC, we always stressed that student test results represent only one source of data when evaluating the effectiveness of a school…
Jerry Mussio states: “Throughout all of my work with student testing in BC, we always stressed that student test results represent only one source of data when evaluating the effectiveness of a school… The BC school accreditation process, which considers a broad array of information, provides the proper forum to determine school strengths and weaknesses.The program was dropped (and funding) was dropped in 2002 – replaced by district accountability contracts [and school goal setting to support these]
The issue has now become a public relations issue that has the School Boards, BCTF, Ministry, parents is a debate about the usefulness of the FSA.
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