Testing and Accountability

NAEP 2019: Agincourt-level disaster

Editor’s note: redefinED executive editor Matt Ladner, responding to a request from EducationNext, made a prediction about 2019 NAEP scores prior to their release Wednesday. Ladner’s subsequent commentary for EducationNext, following the release, is published below. You can read reactions from other national education policy experts here.  Shakespeare’s Henry V includes a[Read More…]

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…]

Reminder: One measurement is not sufficient to judge entire K-12 system

Readers of Sean Reardon’s study on student learning gains between third and eighth grade should heed the advice from Douglas Adams’ classic sci-fi comedy novel “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”: DON’T PANIC. Matt Ladner recently provided an excellent reason not to flip out: Florida’s long-term gains (such as high school[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…]

The state of school choice in the U.S.

Charter schools and home schooling are experiencing major growth. Meanwhile, there were no significant differences between students in charter schools and traditional public schools in average reading and mathematics scores on national tests in 2017. Those are two of the key findings in the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) latest[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…]

Report: Progress remains steady for students in nation’s largest private school choice program

The Florida Department of Education released the latest evaluation of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program this week, and the results remain remarkably consistent over the last decade. For 11 consecutive years, low-income students on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship are experiencing the same annual learning gains as all students[Read More…]