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.

The 2017 NAEP Results: Nothing To See Here?

Well, the long-awaited 2017 NAEP results have been released. Unlike 2015’s results, which landed with a thud, these landed with a “meh.”

Low-Performing Students No Longer Making Gains on NAEP

The gains in test performance in the early 2000s were driven by particularly strong gains for the lowest performing students.

Latest NAEP Results: Obama Administration Fails U. S. 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?

What to Watch For When the NAEP Results Are Released Next Week

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?

What Standards Should Students Meet to Graduate from High School?

Twenty three education policy wonks (or teams of wonks) answered this question as part of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon

Which States Are on a Hot Streak Coming Into the 2017 NAEP Release?

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

EdStat: By 2016, 44 States Had Passed Legislation Mandating Major Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?

EdStat: 61 Percent of Respondents Liked the New California School Dashboard Accountability Site

According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.

EdStat: 71 Percent of New Mexico’s Teachers Rated Effective or Better

The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.

EdStat: 48 Percent of Parents Support Testing Preschool Students

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.

ACT/SAT for All: A Cheap, Effective Way to Narrow Income Gaps in College

A universal test opens the door to more effective, targeted efforts to draw talented, disadvantaged students into college.

Why We Need State-by-State NAEP Scores for 12th Graders

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.

Are We Committed to Raising School Standards?

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.

A Realistic Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

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 Gloomy Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz

State Policies to Maximize the Utility of Testing Data

How assessments are administered and results are reported can make a difference.

Five Thoughts on Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade

Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.

In the News: Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

Researching the Ambiguities of School Accreditation

Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?

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