The educators of Dubois County believe that the results of these assessments DO NOT accurately reflect the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. Several concerns exist regarding the assessment, results, and the looming impact these scores will have on students, teachers, schools, districts and communities.
- New test content representing newly revised academic standards released late by the IDOE.
- Lengthy assessments causing intervention by the State Legislature to eliminate portions of the exam, as well as causing schools to take different forms of each assessment. This results in scores that are unable to be compared.
- Failure of the testing process and environment as a result of inadequate online preparation and delivery by the State contracted testing company. Students’ unsuccessful attempts at online assessment led to frustration and discouragement.
- Cut scores set for each assessment arbitrarily reflect performance that is NOT reflective of what students learned throughout the year.
- The delay of results well into the 2015-2016 school year do not provide teachers and parents valuable information necessary to make instructional adjustments. Individual student results recently released to parents simply provide pass/fail information.
- The overall results do not have a lasting impact on each individual student’s academic record but DO negatively impact teacher evaluations, compensations, school accountability grades and the image of our communities and county.
We believe all Dubois County schools provide an excellent educational learning environment where children gain the knowledge and skills necessary for their personal post-secondary pathways. We believe our teachers are professional educators who diligently work to provide learning that meets the unique needs of each student. One high-stakes test is NOT a measure of our outstanding communities and schools. We believe it is unfair to label students, teachers, schools, and communities based upon erroneous information.
It’s time for a change. We encourage students, educators and community members to let their voices be heard. The students of Dubois County deserve an assessment system that measures their growth and progress throughout the year and allows educators to make timely decisions regarding their unique learning needs. They deserve education that is not influenced by legislative agendas in a political tug of war, but by trained educators who understand how students learn best.
Tracy Lorey, Ph.D. Richard Allen, Ed. S.
Greater Jasper Schools Southeast Dubois County
Mike Eineman, Ed. S. Bill Hochgesang, Ed.S.
Southwest Dubois County Northeast Dubois County