Russ Walsh has taken a close look at the levels of difficulty of reading the passages of text in the new PARCC tests, and the results are alarming.
He used using six different formulas, including the Fry, Raygor, Flesch-Kincaid, and Lexile scoring algorithms, all of which use word length and sentence lengths to produce estimates of how hard something is to read and comprehend.
He discovered that in all but one case, the passages selected for the students to read and interpret on the new PARCC Common Core tests were two or more grade levels above the grade levels of students themselves on all of the measures except the Lexile.
Thus, sixth grade students were made to analyze text that was at the 8th or 9th grade reading level, which he says will cause many students simply to give up and of course fail the test.
Many analysts say that mass failure is precisely the goal of the people who designed the Common Core tests: if they define “mastery” as reading and doing math two grades above current grade level, then by definition all but a tiny fraction of students will fail, and these “experts” can proclaim that public education is a failure and must be abolished.
It’s an evil plan worthy of an evil genius.