Under the Dome

State school board delays report of disappointing test scores

Chagrined by how poorly students performed on new state standardized tests last spring, state Board of Education members decided not to set pasting grades at their meeting this month.

The board is now expected to set the bar for passing scores next month. The new schedule pushes the release of test scores from October to November.

Under the state Department of Public Instruction's suggestions, the number of students who would pass state tests given last spring drops significantly compared to the results from spring 2013.

The board unanimously approved making the results of last spring's tests part of a "transition" year , meaning the scores won't be used to judge schools or districts.

The old labels the board used under the ABC system to distinguish good schools from shaky ones are gone, and the new system of assigning schools A-F letter grades is not yet in place.

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