Some national coverage of the dust-up between Sgouros and Gist. Moving the conversation forward, I hope!
As we saw in the previous postTom Sgouros explained in detail why it was wrong for Rhode Island to use the NECAP as a graduation requirement. It was not designed for that purpose, and many students will fail who should have passed.
State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist said Sgouros was wrong because he is not a psychometrician. She did not explain why he was wrong, not did she understand that psychometricians would likely agree with Sgouros. The cardinal rule of testing is that tests should be used only for the purpose for which they were designed.
Here is Sgouros’ account (if I hear from Gist, I will print hers):
Gist Offers Logical Fallacies On NECAP Value
By Tom Sgouros on March 20, 2013
I was on the radio ever so briefly this afternoon, on Buddy Cianci’s show with Deborah Gist. Unfortunately, the show’s producer hadn’t actually invited me so…
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