According to a report released by The Advocacy Institute, students with IEPs had a wide gap against their non-disabled peers in the category of 1, the lowest level you can score on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The gaps show an average of well over 30 points in English/Language Arts and Math.
The largest gaps, over 40 points, seems to occur in the 7th grade. The lowest, at 28 points is occurring in 3rd grade. The IEP students who scored a 4 on the field test averaged well below 5% of the entire IEP student population. With an average somewhere between 65-70% for all students with special education scoring at a 1 on this Common Core test, and an average for ALL students scoring at a 1 or 2 around 60%, the facts are undeniable. This test sucks.
So I will say once again: Opt Out Now! It doesn’t matter if your kid has an IEP or not, because the odds are in favor your kid will fail this test. This test he/she has been preparing for since the beginning of the school year. What a colossal waste of time and money and resources.
For more information about these percentages for each grade level, please go to: http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=582