On Education, Bloomberg Candidacy Would Be Game-Changing

“Too many politicians are afraid.” Not Mayor Bloomberg.

What To Make of the 2019 Results from the ”Nation’s Report Card”

“Shame on us,” “Return to accountability,” “Focus on the low-performing students,” and other reactions to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress results.

What To Expect from the “Nation’s Report Card”

Predictions about the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress range from “Gains” to “Stagnancy” to “Worse News”

Miami’s Choice Tsunami

Carvalho, competition, and transformation in Miami-Dade

Support Builds For Making the SAT Untimed For Everyone

A possible solution to the “Gaming the System” problem

Strengthening Standards, Teaching and Tests in a Deep Red State

An interview with John White, Louisiana’s state superintendent of schools

Why School Ratings Should Stress Learning Gains

A recent national study found that many schools with low achievement were at the same time producing average or better growth. Conversely, student growth in schools with few disadvantaged students varied widely,

How to Reverse Grade Inflation and Help Students Reach Their Potential

A new study looks at how easy or hard it is today to get a good grade in high school and whether that has changed over time.

Past Is Prologue on Common Core Tests

The improvements in the nation’s tests in recent years are real. Education leaders need to hold firm on these advances in the rigor and technical quality of their tests, even as they take on the next steps of aligning high-quality curriculum and instruction

How the Common Core Changed Standardized Testing

In many states, assessments have advanced considerably over the previous generation of assessments.

EdStat: Four of the 5 States with F Grades in 2009 Achieved a C+ or Higher for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017

Researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale since 2005.

EdStat: 69 Percent of Americans Support Laws Allowing States to Take Control of Local Districts Where Academic Performance Has Been Low for Several Years

Teachers are less favorable toward these laws but nevertheless lean toward support.

EdStat: In 2017, Only 9 Percentage Points Separated the Proficiency Results on the Average State Test from the NAEP Results for That State

In 2005, 35 percentage points separated these two results.

What Can NAEP Tell Us About How Much U.S. Children Are Learning?

This report presents new analyses of state-average NAEP data that attempt to address the limitation of changing samples of students by following cohorts of students from 4th grade in a given year to 8th grade four years later.

EdStat: Nine of 24 States with D- to D+ Grades in 2009 Received A Grades for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017

The relatively close alignment between state and national assessments represents a major improvement from 2009 when the Common Core initiative began.

Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance?

An analysis of 2017 state proficiency standards

EdStat: 16 States and the District of Columbia Received a Grade of A or A- for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017

Since 2005, researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale.

EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 51 Percent of Republicans Oppose the Common Core

For the general public, opposition to the Common Core has more than tripled, from 13% in 2013 to 42% in 2016.

Is the High School Graduation Rate Really Going Up?

We would like graduates to meet standards for graduation and not simply leave the system with a piece of paper and deficient skills.

A Disappointing National Report Card

What explains the disappointing results?

EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 61 Percent of Respondents Support the General Concept of Standards that are the Same Across the States

Far fewer support “Common Core.”

Are There Schools of Choice That Hurt Test Scores but Not Long-Term Outcomes?

We know that a handful of school choice programs as a whole worsened achievement but improved graduation rates. What we don’t know is whether there was a similar mismatch at the school level.

EdStat: One District, Chicago, Narrowed Its Test-Score Gap between White Students and Black Students in 4th-grade Math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2017

Chicago also narrowed its test-score gap between white students and Hispanic students in 4th-grade math and 4th-grade reading. No other participating district saw its achievement gaps narrow.

Interpreting the 2017 NAEP Reading and Math Results

Education Next has released a series of posts analyzing the 2017 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Could the Disappointing 2017 NAEP Scores Be Due to the Great Recession?

There is considerable evidence that this year’s flat scores may have been caused by events that happened almost a decade ago.

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