Tag: testing and accountability

Forget our political squabbles; in education, parents already matter

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jay Mathews, an education columnist for the Washington Post and creator of the annual Challenge Index rankings of American high schools, appeared Sunday on washingtonpost.com. The current debate over schools puzzles me. Much of the talk is about the need for more parent rights and[Read More…]

Florida reform cocktail retains potency

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released “the nation’s report card” recently, which included fourth and eighth grade Math and Reading results for 2022. The results can only be described as devastating. Closing the achievement gap between Black and white students has long served as an aspiration of the[Read More…]

Florida NAEP Math scores: The good, the bad, the ugly

Florida’s Reading test results in the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) weren’t all bad news, but things look much worse for Math scores. Where Florida’s fourth-grade Reading test scores dropped by an average of 0.6 points across all subgroups, students lost an average of 5.2 points in fourth-grade Math.[Read More…]

Florida Catholic schools celebrate success as they outscore public schools on ‘Nation’s Report Card’

As public school leaders began delving into the details of what went wrong following last week’s release of dismal NAEP reports, Catholic school leaders paused briefly for a victory lap before looking into how they can continue to up their game. They had good reason to celebrate. Figures from the[Read More…]

Florida NAEP Reading scores: The good, the bad, the ugly

Results from the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) aren’t pretty, but Florida does have some bright spots. The state’s students continue to excel at reading, especially when viewing the results demographically, and in particular, by free and reduced-price lunch eligibility, an indicator of poverty. Comparing overall results isn’t[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…]

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…]