Officials Hide Evidence: After 4 years of Common Core-Test Scores Plummet

Dr East

A Common Core School District, Gulfport, MS is covering up failing test scores. At a recent meeting by Superintendent Glen East, parents were told that the test scores of the district had improved dramatically under the implementation of the Common Core curriculum.  The Superintendent made his claims regarding dramatic academic improvement of all students by using ONLY the scores of the  top 150 student.

In his comments to parents, Mr. East stated,

This district already had national average ACT scores. We’ve now gone with our top students, our top 150 students, we’ve gone from a 23 average to almost a 25 in over four years. That is not a new ACT, that is the ACT we are currently working with. We’ve improved reading achievement for all students. When I look at that data about how we’ve grown over the past four years and the success we’ve had, if you are in my shoes, you have to celebrate what you are doing. Very Powerful!

However, a couple of weeks later at a subsequent event, it seems that parents had a chance to research the data that the Superintendent had reported. Upon closer inspection of the data, parents found that the Superintendent completely misrepresented the data, and that the results were worse, not better. They were not simply a little worse, but a lot worse.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should take note. This father does not look much like a white suburban mother. Chris Ashley is the pastor at a local Baptist Church who has a son attending the Gulfport schools. He opens his talk with congratulating the district on the gains they had made. After a brief applause from the audience, he goes into the data.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education website and their stats, and I can leave them here with Mr. East or all you all can go and get them yourself, everywhere else we are dropping. From 2009 to 2012, almost every grade has dropped in their scores. Not all of them, but overall our test scores have dropped.

… you can go there, they’ve pretty much done all the  math for you, they tell you the percentages of students that have scored proficient or better.  Third grade language arts, we’ve dropped 4%, this is all 2009-2012. Math 3rd grade we’ve dropped 6%. Fourth grade language arts, we’ve went up 8% but we dropped 5% in math. Fifth grade we dropped  5% in language arts and 6% in math. Sixth grade we went up 1% in language arts, we dropped 2% in math. Seventh grade and eighth grade, went up 8 and 4, and eighth grade went up 4 and 12.

The 5th grade MST test we did well at we up we went up 9 and 17 points.

Well, that is good, right? But what about on the very SAT and ACT that the school district touts?

The SATP from 2009-2012  in Algebra we dropped 34%. In 2009-2012 in English  we dropped 18%, in Biology we dropped 46% in those same years, and in history we dropped 38%. You see I heard a lot about our ACT scores and how great they are from the 10th grade and that is awesome. I didn’t check the 10th grade scores, but I did check the graduating seniors…. From 2007-20011 we’ve dropped 1% in English, 0.7% in math, we are level in reading, we’ve dropped a half a percent in science and a half a percent in composite scores.

Now, we all know we can take data and we can twist to show what you want it to show. I took the numbers straight from there and said I didn’t give you just the 10th grade or just the 7th and 8th grade where it looks good. I gave it all to you.

Then this parent details what the No Child Left Behind testing shows, that Gulfport schools appear to be falling behind.

I have our district report card  here from the No Child Left Behind, and we have dropped.  We have dropped without a doubt. Every grade 3-8th in mean score scale, everyone one  has dropped. The 3rd-8th grade in language arts, and math, and science, the mean scale score, we have dropped from the previous year, every grade. We have dropped in  algebra in the high school, we’ve dropped, uh, we’ve dropped in the mean score in every except biology we stayed even 648.

Like I said, I have all kind of common core curriculum questions, but what I don’t like is somebody to screw the numbers and tell us we are doing good when we are really not doing good.

What was the answer to this parent from Dr. Carla Evers, Director of Instructional Programs?
Gulfport official

I looked at the Greatschools website, it will show the Gulfport schools going up, and then all of a sudden we just dive like we went off a cliff and stopped teaching. Well, we did. We stopped teaching the state standards and we shifted to the common core standards state standards. So that should have happened because the things that are on that test were not what we were now teaching in our classrooms. So we understood that, the state department put that in our newspaper, but for some reason they still put those test scores on their state website.

Now, what material would it been that is no longer taught in the Gulfport schools? Reading? Addition? Subtraction? Multiplication? These are huge score drops. Further, the ACT was the same test that Superintendent East had just bragged about, so how is it that it can be used to brag about improvement for one grade, but not erosions in learning in another grade?

Even worse, the school district is upset that the State Department of Education failed to hide the scores from the state website?  This is outrageous!

If the ACT and SATP are not valid measures of student learning in Gulfport, MS, then what measure is? Do the colleges in Mississippi no longer accept the ACT and the SAT?

Activists at Stop Common Core Mississippi Facebook page noted,

Common Core clearly fails to teach the foundational material needed to pass tests. Whose fault its it that the failures was leaked to the public?



H/t Stop Common Core Mississippi

  • Mississippigueen13

    I live in northeast MS. My son is in 8th grade. He is a gifted child. He had A, B average all the way till this year. The schools here started the new commend core in Aug. His grades started dropping. I have scoled him, talked to his teachers, done everything I can to help. My son said the main reason is the new commend core lacks things like review and chapter quizes, and he already know s what is beeing taught. Another thing, he say he is very hungry n tired by the end of his last classes. Something is wrong with tbis new commoned core. My son is verry smart.

  • nikkiwherring

    Goodness. Please check your grammar and spelling, then post again about how smart your children are in school.

  • Brian Carriere

    Thank you for running this story. This is my hometown. I teach at a local college and I’ve seen what happened with students entering college under the NCLB guidelines. I am witnessing first-hand what CCSSI is doing to my own children in elementary school. This is a completely unproven and untested method of “learning” that does very little to improve the “rigor” that it so richly touts. I hope the nationwide movement to remove this curriculum from our schools grows like a California wildfire because it is the worst thing to happen to education since Jimmy Carter created the cabinet level department.

  • soccer czar

    Snarky remarks are rude. Please check your manners and then post again.

    By the way, this person is talking about their son, that would be one “child” not “children”. How does their post not meeting your rigid standards mean that their child is not smart?

  • Brenda Busken

    I think you are truly a very dumb and rude person

  • Brenda Busken

    They are dumbing down our children an educated person will ask questions an uneducated person will follow like sheep

  • Bunny Box Isgett Lynn

    Very sad….I am hearing so much of this!!!! Please Join our fb page for support!
    S MS Against Common Core Standards

  • Brandon Smith

    Nikki, my grammar and spelling are both phenomenal. I’m an electrical engineer who has 3 very intelligent little boys. I’ll talk to you about CCSS. Do you want discussion or snark? Are you capable of an adult conversation? Or will this be a pseudo intellectual romper room event?

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  • Ginger

    Common core is NOT more is statist indoctrination and teaches what to think , not how to think..gotta keep all the little puppets in line.

  • wowursmart

    I love how, instead of responding to the content an individuals post, one attempts to appear more intelligent by critiquing their grammar. You are so smart. You are! Now crawl back in your hole.

  • Chester Calka

    I’m 65. In grammar school, I was in the top one percent in math in the country (99th percentile). In high school I received the Math Award in my Sophomore, Junior, & Senior years. In College, I was told to change my major from Math because I was screwing up the marking curve so badly, the rest of the class would fail. This new teaching method is extremely confusing, especially to students who are bi-lingual with English as a second language. These young children ( even those who speak English are having a hard enough time just understanding the basic language, let alone incorporating Math into the mess. My reading skills weren’t that great, but my Math skills were extraordinary. Under present circcumstances, I don’t know if I would have performed as well.,

  • killcommoncore

    To my neighbors in Mississippi:
    Here in Louisiana we are also fighting CCSS. Three of our parish School Boards, St. Tammany, Washington, and St. Martin, have all filed Resolutions to Withdraw from CCSS, and I am sure that more will follow. How am I so sure?
    Because We The Parents are fighting this!
    I have created a web-site to educate and inform Parents as to what is going on.
    I am going to post this video on my site.
    Good Job on Waking Up!
    If Common Core Lives, Freedom Dies.

  • killcommoncore

    Allison, it’s worse than you thought!
    David Coleman, the main contributing author of CCSS, is now President of the College Board. This is the conglomerate that authors the ACT. He is now ‘adapting’ the ACT to ‘align’ with CCSS. Now that they have successfully stolen our K-12 Children’s future, they are going to augment their thievery all the way through college. That is, if any children can successfully navigate college after being forced into a CCSS K-12 education.
    After that, they will be so well indoctrinated into Socialism that they will willingly and knowingly vote away their own Freedom, Ending America as we know it.
    If Common Core Lives, Freedom Dies.

  • Elizabeth Bond Ray

    Always follow the money!!! Someone is making money on textbooks and testing.

  • Kitsara

    Goodness. Please check your manners. Take things posted online with a grain of salt. Some things get a person so worked up that they type so quickly and then forget to go back over what they wrote. Just like some people talk so quickly that they mess up what they say.

  • I am Incognito

    I’ve long said public schools aren’t in the business of educating children, but are rather there to produce good little compliant worker bees for the corporations that control everything in this country. Few children coming out of public school these days will ever be anything more than a blue-collar worker who struggles paycheck to paycheck because they are not being taught to think or solve problems. They are merely being taught to memorize and follow instructions. I don’t need a list of public school graduates or even drop-outs who have gone on to be successful. There will always be a few who succeed despite everything thrown against them or who luck out with an opportunity or have connections and know the right people. I’m talking about your average student educated in the public school system.

    What we learned in high school a mere 20 years ago is now considered college material. I went back to school for a 2nd degree about 10 years ago and the quality of the students being admitted directly from high school was alarming. These kids couldn’t average their grade, write a simple paper, or really even manage their time. All they knew how to do was take a study-guide prepared by someone else, memorize the answers, and take a multiple choice test.

    Now, in my early 40’s, I’m in a position to hire people in my department and we can’t find qualified individuals. These are jobs that 20 years ago could have easily been filled by someone who was a high school graduate – none require a college degree, but require math skills, basic accounting skills, the ability to communicate outside of txt spk, and the ability to think and solve issues that may arise. Nothing technical. However, we can’t even find qualified applicants when looking though a pool of college graduates. People want to blame the economy on so many 20-somethings living in their parent’s basements, but the truth of the matter is – most simply aren’t qualified for any jobs. The jobs are there. The people qualified to work them are not. Most can barely run a cash register and make change at the local fast-food joint. If someone walks into my office and can’t mentally tell me how much change is due from a simple transaction, I don’t need them putting together proposals and spreadsheets.

  • I am Incognito

    And, that right there is the reason for it. They don’t want educated people in this country. They want good worker bees who don’t ask questions.

  • I am Incognito

    Regardless of what is being used to “teach” these children, it is still public school. And, public schools are no longer in it to educate children. It is a scheme to produce compliant workers to the corporations who run this nation. Just wait until they abolish minimum wage.

  • Stephanie

    I am amazed at the misinformation and misrepresentation that has been displayed here. Common core is definitely more rigorous. I am a mathematics specialist and I assure you that it is not dumbing down the curriculum. I am a native Mississippian, conservative, Christian, but I am not drawn into the rhetoric because I actually KNOW what students have to know and do under CCSS. Unfortunately, we have been “dumbing down” in mathematics for decades. Gulfport (and I was there) scored lower because the standards for MS curriculum and CCSS do not match. Gulfport made the wise decision to step up and begin doing what is right for children. I have been giving adults a third grade question from CCSS. I have had only a handful out of hundreds answer correctly because we believe math should be straightforward algorithms instead of thinking and problem solving. Please fact check and don’t misrepresent. It is ok for people to have differing opinions…that is life. However, lying is not OK.

  • Elizabeth Hanson

    Here in Washington State and across the U.S. the new GED is aligned with Common Core and the results are a disaster. So, getting their GED isn’t possible anymore to escape the common core k-12 system. Sigh.

  • Elizabeth Hanson