“Our students performed well and had more showing growth than in years past. They scored significantly above the state average when comparing those students scoring proficient and advanced in 3-8 ELA, Math, and Algebra 1 and 2. When compared to other PARCC states like Massachusetts and New Jersey, we had higher percentages of students scoring proficient and advanced in all areas but one.

Nevertheless, if the state had applied the new rating system to these scores, we would have dropped to a “C.” We received the data very late, and the model that the data is based upon was approved after tests were taken making it difficult to tweak instruction.

I do agree with the state’s legislative PEER (Performance Evaluation Expenditure Review) report that there are significant issues with the model adopted by MDE. If these issues are not addressed, more districts will drop in their ranking. When rankings drop, it impedes economic development in our state.”

Dr. Gearl Loden


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