[quote=“Blue2”]"My problem is not with the test. Teachers and schools use tests all the time to assess students as individuals and as groups. In the latter case, the information can be used to find problems that hopefully can be addressed to help large groups of students. "
Bull. These are the tests that are made public. The parents know and they want to know why. You’d get the same results if you were testing in school and probably have a pretty good idea ahead of time what the results will be, but those ones the parents don’t usually see or even know about.
“The problem with the FSA is that the Fraser Institute uses it to simplistically rank schools without regard to the many differences between schools as well as ignoring all the other factors that may make a good school besides the results of a single test.”
You would likely have a problem with provincial exams at the elementary school level that gave a letter grade result. Parents much prefer them. It doesn’t give us all the information, neither does “falls within the widely held expectations” that appears on every report card for every subject all through elementary school. That little phrase means nothing to us.
“Teachers and schools test students on an ongoing basis all year long using those results to help the students (hopefully) improve. Learning that your school ranks 765/850 or even 31/850 does nothing.”
Wrong. It tells me that this school is doing well or doing poorly against the other schools in the province.
“But I don’t value the ranking of schools that comes out once a year and are based on a single factor. They are divisive and cause more harm than good.”
Certainly I’d expect there’d be lots of grousing round the water cooler by teachers about a low ranking. There SHOULD be. We want better results than we’re getting. If you checked the link above things are not getting better for 3 of the schools named and if I could find the results that went back another five years it wouldn’t be much different.
Of course falling at the bottom of the list is going to be divisive. Who wants to be there? As for causing more harm than good that depends on whether or not you act on the results. An improvement would be good.
“The FSA is not the deciding factor in that either…it is just one of MANY of them.”
^^^What this person said.[/quote]
I agree with pretty much all of this.
I wonder how district teachers would respond to the FSA if their schools were consistently ranked in the top third of BC schools, rather than in the bottom third. Something tells me their reactions would be different.