Testing and Accountability

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…]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls for ditching standardized tests

Ryan Dailey, News Service Florida TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments. The statewide exams in English-language[Read More…]

Florida again No. 3 in America in K-12 achievement

Florida, a national leader in education choice, ranks No. 3 in K-12 achievement for a second year in a row, trailing only Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the latest rankings report from Education Week. This shouldn’t be a surprise. For one thing, Education Week based most of its 2021[Read More…]

Florida students now No. 2 in America in AP exam success

When it comes to academic performance, Florida’s public education system continues to rack up the trophies. The Sunshine State now ranks No. 2 in the nation in the percentage of graduating seniors who have passed college-caliber Advanced Placement exams, behind only Connecticut, according to data released Wednesday by the College[Read More…]

Test scores plus responsibility

“Liberty means responsibility.” George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman The school choice movement continues to plead its case by focusing on “results.” That is, the experts compare the test scores of low-income students whose parents have transferred them to a “charter” school against those of age-mates who remain in the[Read More…]

NAEP scores: American public schools spend more but deliver less for students, families, taxpayers

The performance of American public schools was in decline before the pandemic struck; based on the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, things are likely to only get worse from here. The data show the average reading score[Read More…]

NAEP History, Geography, Civics scores paint dismal picture

Diffusion, then, rather than discovery, is the duty of our government. With us, the qualifications of voters are as important as the qualifications of governors, and even comes first in the natural order.  -Horace Mann Preparing students to responsibly exercise citizenship represented a foundational aspiration in the founding of the[Read More…]