There is considerable evidence that this year’s flat scores may have been caused by events that happened almost a decade ago.
Well, the long-awaited 2017 NAEP results have been released. Unlike 2015’s results, which landed with a thud, these landed with a “meh.”
The gains in test performance in the early 2000s were driven by particularly strong gains for the lowest performing students.
Student gains registered over the Obama years were trivial at best, far short of those accomplished during what must now be referred to as the halcyon days of the George W. Bush Administration.
EdStat: On the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 48 States/Jurisdictions Had No Significant Change in Their 8th-Grade Math Scores Compared to 2015
Two states/jurisdictions had score increases from 2015 to 2017, while three had score decreases.
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Reading Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Improved in 4 Trial Urban Districts
Which urban school districts have been moving in the right direction on NAEP?
Will the flat national trends continue? Did the switch to tablet-based assessments have an impact on the scores? What’s the story in D.C, Indiana, Miami, Chicago, and California?
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Reading Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Improved in 19 States
Which states are on a hot streak coming into the 2017 NAEP release on April 10?
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Math Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Declined in 20 States
What changes will be revealed on April 10 when the 2017 NAEP results are released?
Twenty three education policy wonks (or teams of wonks) answered this question as part of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon
The District of Columbia, Indiana, and Tennessee clearly have momentum going into the 2017 NAEP release, with the broadest gains in both subjects and grade levels
Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?
According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.
The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.
Even though controversy has sprung up around the new International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests.
A universal test opens the door to more effective, targeted efforts to draw talented, disadvantaged students into college.
Participating states would be given a valid and reliable metric for how many of their students are truly college-ready at the end of high school.
Here are some recent signs of the deep ambivalence we have toward the steps that would actually have to be taken to transform our education outcomes.
We need to face up to the findings of three decades of research on the effects of test-based accountability and engage in a vigorous debate about how best to move forward
A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz
How assessments are administered and results are reported can make a difference.
Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.
While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.
A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0
Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?