Kingston refusal percentages doubled on the state math test!
Dr. Padalino reported to the Kingston school board of education (BOE) last night that 24% of students grades 3-8 refused the state math test administered last week. The percentage was highest in the middle schools with both middle schools having about a 30% refusal rate for the math test. The math test refusal percentage is more than doubled from the 10.7% of students grades 3-8 who refused the ELA state test when it was administered the beginning of April.
For the state math test, 8 of the 9 Kingston schools fell below 95% participation. J.F. Kennedy was the only school that had 95% or more participation in the state math test. For the ELA test only one school fell below 95% participation (J.W. Bailey middle school).
You might be wondering, what is the big deal with this 95% participation? The answer is, No Child Left Behind requires 95% participation on state tests or else …. The ‘or else’ has been unclear and much debated with many believing that a district will lose some of their funding if the 95% participation is not achieved. This article from New York State Allies for Public Education details why those advocating for state test refusal do not believe districts will lose funding for falling below the 95% participation rate.
When the board inquired what the refusal rates would mean for the Kingston school district, Dr. Padalino stated that it was not clear what would happen. The initial understanding was that a participation rate less than 95% would cause a school to be identified as a focus school but now the state is saying that they might average the rates from the last 2 years. It seems that the state education department might not have understood the refusal situation that could/would occur in Kingston or throughout the state. The impact on APPR is also unknown according to Dr. Padalino.