Achievement Gap

NAEP 2019: Hispanics perform better in Republican-held states

Last week Education Next published predictions from leading education scholars about how the 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test results would shake out. The boldest prediction came from Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor at the University of Southern California. Polikoff anticipated that President Donald Trump’s “racism” and “attacks[Read More…]

2019 NAEP prediction: Teacher strike effects will be felt

Editor’s note: Federal officials will release results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, on Oct. 30. The congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, also known as “the nation’s report card,” provides group-level data on student achievement in reading and mathematics for[Read More…]

New Stanford data cause for investigation but not alarm in Florida

Stanford’s Sean F. Reardon released a new data tool last week allowing the user to view academic scores and gains by school, district (with charters included) and county. One of the visualization tools allows you to track the academic growth in grades 3-8 for every school covering those grades in[Read More…]

A digression on the test obsession

Measuring a child’s mastery of material taught in school is plainly reasonable, often necessary. To a point the same may be said of the ceaseless effort of statisticians either to equate or distinguish groups of children by scores on standardized tests. Today a throng of experts, pro and con to[Read More…]