State education proficiency gaps exposed

Proficiency gaps suggest an inflation of performance outcomes within today’s education industry. Sitting in a classroom doesn’t guarantee proficiency. Neither does a passing grade nor a diploma.

From Watchdog Arena:

Proficiency. It’s what makes an education useful. States track proficiency levels, but new research from Foundation for Excellence in Education shows how variances in state tests and cut scores–the lowest possible “passing” score–can overstate true competency levels, thus providing a false sense of education accomplishment.

Proficiency means a student has mastered a subject. Mastery entails having knowledge of a subject, applying this knowledge in real world situations, and using it as a component of other critical thinking or problem-solving tasks.

An accurate reporting of proficiency is critical to ensure that children are being prepared for the future. Parents want a quality education for their children. Employers seek entry-level hires with at least basic skills for success. Businesses are attracted to areas that understand the value of employees with the marketable skills proficiency helps to encourage. Taxpayers want to know their education dollars are setting the state’s student population on a path toward adult productivity.

Read more at Watchdog Arena.

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