NECAP in 2006: 40,521 students took the NECAP assessment in math19% or about 7,700 of these students were classified as Proficient with Distinction. This means that they may have missed any where between 0% to 25% of the points on the math test; 44% or about 18,000 of these students were classified as Proficient. This means that they may have missed between 26% and 55% of the points on the math test; 18% or about 7,300 of these students were classified as Partially Proficient. (This means that they may have missed between 56% and 70% of the points on the math test.)
Eighteen percent, or about 7,300, of these students were classified as Substantially Below Proficient. This means that they may have missed between 71% of the test to 99% of the points on the math test.
Mr. Calitri, since you live in Cornwall you must have received the ACSU School Report for May 2007. Next week, in my math-education column, Learning Curve in the Eagle, you will find my analysis of this report and what it means to the citizens of the ACSU district.
Honesty will get us to the goal of quality mathematics education. We have the personnel; we do not have the leadership.
I see that we have a long way to go and at the pace we are moving it will be many moons before we see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We do wish to invest in our future leaders, we do wish to train our wonderful teachers however, we do not wish to keep wasting money on fads that are only producing students who display such poor quality, especially, in mathematics.