Private schools are rebounding — but can it last?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Paul E. Peterson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 education, appeared last week on thehill.com. You can read a reimaginED post about private school enrollment growth in Florida here. The National Assessment of Educational[Read More…]

‘Nation’s Report Card’: Two decades of growth wiped out by two years of pandemic

Editor’s note: This analysis of long-term scores from NAEP, which show unprecedented score declines, appeared today on The 74. Two decades of growth for American students in reading and math were wiped away by just two years of pandemic-disrupted learning, according to national test scores released this morning. Dismal releases[Read More…]

NAEP reveals students starting with the least suffered the most in COVID-19 shutdowns

NAEP released 2022 national Long-Term Trend data on reading and mathematics this morning, revealing the academic impact of the COVID-19 school shutdowns. The data document a consistent pattern: Disadvantaged students suffered the greatest harm during the COVID-19 period. Figure 1 below, for instance, documents a reversal of 28 years of[Read More…]

NAEP 2022: The final insult of state school rating systems?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress will soon release 2022 national long-term trend results followed by state level results later in the fall. This data will establish the scale of academic damage suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. I suspect the data also will reveal which states effectively rate their schools[Read More…]

The science of reading

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Dale Chu provided an excellent summary of the reading controversies in the pages of the National Review in an article titled “Casualties of the Reading Wars.” Chu walks readers through the research on reading methodology and outlines what might be described as a “poor reading[Read More…]

By all means, keep moving

I read the new American Federation for Children/Step Up for Students study on choice for Black students in Florida, and found a bit of inspiration in the following charts: These charts compare the NAEP scores for Black students attending Florida charter schools to those of statewide averages for Black students.[Read More…]

Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s

Editor’s note: This article on this week’s release of NAEP scores appeared Thursday on The 74. Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data,[Read More…]