Good news/bad news: NY State Common Core scores soar, but...

Educrats are a tricky bunch. Their latest ploy, Common Core, has run into unexpected resistance, perhaps because parents are skeptical of fine-sounding slogans and names. But no matter, just bury ‘em with ginned up statistics. Susan Edelman reports in the New York Post:

 State officials touted increases in scores on tough Common Core exams this year but failed to reveal that they had lowered the number of right answers needed to pass half the exams.

The state Education Department dropped the number of raw points needed to hit proficiency levels in six of the 12 English and math exams given to students in grades 3 to 8, officials acknowledged.

“The reason that occurs is because the tests are slightly harder,” Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner told The Post.

Student scores plunged on last year’s statewide 3-8 tests — the first based on the new Common Core standards. Before the 2013 exams, a panel of 95 educators decided how many points, or correct answers, students had to get to demonstrate proficiency.

But the point cutoffs were tweaked after this year’s tests.

If you don’t get the results you need to assuage the public, just change the metrics!

Educrats are a tricky bunch. Their latest ploy, Common Core, has run into unexpected resistance, perhaps because parents are skeptical of fine-sounding slogans and names. But no matter, just bury ‘em with ginned up statistics. Susan Edelman reports in the New York Post:

 State officials touted increases in scores on tough Common Core exams this year but failed to reveal that they had lowered the number of right answers needed to pass half the exams.

The state Education Department dropped the number of raw points needed to hit proficiency levels in six of the 12 English and math exams given to students in grades 3 to 8, officials acknowledged.

“The reason that occurs is because the tests are slightly harder,” Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner told The Post.

Student scores plunged on last year’s statewide 3-8 tests — the first based on the new Common Core standards. Before the 2013 exams, a panel of 95 educators decided how many points, or correct answers, students had to get to demonstrate proficiency.

But the point cutoffs were tweaked after this year’s tests.

If you don’t get the results you need to assuage the public, just change the metrics!