"I think in the statewide averages, there was about a six percent decline in scores, we find ourselves in about that same area, four or five percent in most areas, a decline," said Wash. Co. Public Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.
"I think that's always the case when you move to number one, a new curriculum, number two, a new assessment series. And what most people are forgetting are what tremendous pressure our teachers are facing right now because of our new assessment system," said Wilcox.
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"Your kids aren't getting worse; they were just measured by an imprecise system that really was a blunt instrument to begin with. We do something internally called the map assessments, which are an augmented testing system that we do three times a year. I would say to parents...Don't pay as much attention to the state scores that are released, but pay attention to the map scores that are coming home," said Wilcox.
Wilcox says scores will hopefully improve in the next two to three years once the transition to new curriculum standards and teaching benchmarks is complete
The updated benchmark test, PARCC assessments, is scheduled for full implementation in the 2014-2015 school year. These tests, officials say, align with the new common core curriculum.