When .gov Allows .edu To Be Governed By .com – North Carolina’s Allegiance to SAS and EVAAS

At the beginning of each school year, I am required to fully disclose my syllabus to all perspective students and parents.

On the first day of class, I give each student a set of rubrics that I use to gauge written work throughout the year.

Any student can ask how any assessment was graded and conference about it.

That’s part of my job.

Does the state do that for each school when school performance grades and school report cards are published?

Well, no.

During the 2017-2018 school year, State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson released a video to all public school teachers announcing the new revamped state school report card system.

Here is a frame that is closed captioned –

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It says, “Recently, I launched the brand-new website for school report cards: schoolreportcards.nc.gov.”

That means it should be controlled by the state, correct?

Put that into your search bar and you get http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/.

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It’s not the actual report card site – just a “Welcome” page. Notice that it has a link to the actual school report card site along with the following text:

North Carolina’s School Report Cards are presented two different ways, designed to meet the needs of all users. An interactive, easy-to-navigate section was redesigned in 2017 and is available here. This citizen-friendly website addresses the need for quick reference on topics that are most important to parents and educators. A more analytic section is intended for those who prefer a more detailed view of the data. The two areas, both designed and hosted by SAS and available to anyone, include printable versions of the North Carolina School Report Card snapshots.

The actual “School Report Card” website has a different domain name.

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It’s https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src.

Actually, the chain is from a .gov to a .org to a .com.

There is a link “for researchers and others who want to dig into the data further – an analytical site.”

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There is a lot to explore in the analytical site, but where is the actual rubric, the formula for calculations, the explanation of how achievement and growth come together to get this report card?

If a teacher could not explain exactly how a grade was calculated, then that teacher’s assessment would be called into doubt.

Except here, we have an entire state spending taxpayer money to a company that will not publish its “rubric” and “calculations” for its own assessment.

2 thoughts on “When .gov Allows .edu To Be Governed By .com – North Carolina’s Allegiance to SAS and EVAAS

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  2. I was a public school teacher for thirty years in California 1975 – 2005, and each year I worked with my students to revise the state’s rubrics that were provided for teachers to use with their students so the students would understand them. It was a collaborative effort, and it started with me sharing the original rubrics with my students and then having a conversation about what the rubric meant. The language in the original rubrics from the state was not easy to understand for high school students.

    After that discussion, I organized my students into teams to rewrite the rubrics into language that they would understand.

    Next step, after every writing assignment, the students were again organized into small teams to read every student writing assignment (they didn’t do that with their own essays – I swapped class sets from other classes) and apply the student revised rubric to each essay or report. That was just for the rough draft. After those read-around sessions and each student received feedback based on the revised rubric that the students helped revise, the students were allowed to revise and rewrite before turning their work into me, the teacher to read before a grade was earned.

    The results were impressive For years, my students outscored, by a huge margin, all the other students at the same grade level in that district on the writing portion of the state tests.

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