At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ted Dintersmith argues forcefully that the furor over student test scores declining in a period of pandemic is much ado over not much of anything. (I know that Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin has been riding that bike as hard as he can peddle.)
Here’s a small bit from his article (emphasis added); the rest is at the link.
Many experienced deep personal, family, and community trauma. Given these challenges, we should have braced ourselves for a 25% “plunge” in scores, and been ecstatic with tiny declines equivalent to missing just one question out of dozens. A more appropriate headline would be: “Despite Massive Disruption, Test Scores Barely Decline.”