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National testing time
April 10, 2018
In first comparison with other large cities, Memphis students score poorly on national test
Compared to 27 large cities, the district landed in the bottom third of results from the National Assessment of Education Progress, known as NAEP
State of struggle
April 10, 2018
On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class
Michigan schools have made little progress in recent years despite years of sounding alarms by state, business and education leaders.
April 6, 2018
The Nation’s Report Card is out soon. Will Tennessee’s hot streak continue?
Tennessee has been among the nation's fastest-improving states on student achievement based on the national test.
March 30, 2018
The national test of students’ progress has gone digital. A state leader is raising questions about what that means.
John White said he was concerned that this year’s switch from paper-and-pencil exams to computer-based exams might unfairly penalize some states.
March 6, 2018
Study: Michigan reading scores ‘going in the wrong direction’ despite major state investment in helping young children read
Third-grade reading scores 6 percentage points in Michigan while scores in other states climbed or stayed relatively flat in the same period.
December 20, 2017
Here’s why people are talking about Tennessee, a ‘bright green rectangle’ on a new U.S. map of student growth
The Volunteer State has never turned heads when it comes to student proficiency, but it’s now raising eyebrows on student growth.
November 14, 2017
Common Core tests were supposed to usher in a new era of comparing America’s schools. What happened?
It's difficult to make detailed comparisons across states as a potent mix of technical challenges, privacy concerns and political calculations have kept the data siloed.
March 29, 2017
Betsy DeVos on American schools: ‘I’m not sure that we can deteriorate a whole lot’
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn’t concerned that her push for more school choice could inadvertently harm America’s schools, she said Wednesday.
February 6, 2017
You’re representing Tennessee, says State Board chairman to students testing for the Nation’s Report Card
A sampling of Tennessee students have begun taking math and reading tests to gauge academic progress for the upcoming Nation's Report Card.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Ten stories defining Tennessee public education in 2016
From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year.
October 27, 2016
Indiana students outscore U.S. peers on national science test, but many still struggle
Indiana students posted slightly higher scores in 2015 on the NAEP science exam, both compared to their peers across the country and to Indiana student scores in 2009.
watch me naep naep
October 27, 2016
New York students show small gains in science skills on ‘nation’s report card’
New York fourth-graders saw their scores increase by 2 points on average, while eighth-graders’ scores rose by 1 point.
on the rise
October 26, 2016
Tennessee No. 1 in nation in growth on national science exam
The state outpaces almost all others in gains on a science exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2009 and 2015.
August 30, 2016
Should Tennessee cut more tests? Leaders weigh concerns about over-testing against need to measure improvement
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen's testing task force debates which state tests, if any, are expendable.
May 17, 2016
Black and white students score far apart on a new test of technology skills
An attempt to measure students' ability to think creatively and use technology found wide gaps — and evidence that schools aren't effectively teaching important skills.
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