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September 29, 2015
Should Indiana just use the SAT as its high school test?
New Hampshire's going to do it, so why can't Indiana just have all high school juniors take the SAT instead of a state exam? Well, the Hoosier state probably could, too.
August 26, 2015
Tennessee’s average ACT scores mostly stagnant
Despite efforts to increase student achievement, the average Tennessee ACT composite score is below the threshold for college readiness.
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May 14, 2015
In a shift, New York state tests now more difficult to pass than national exams
New York is one of only two states where more students are earning proficient scores on the “nation’s report card” than are passing the state’s own standardized tests.
May 14, 2015
Report: Tennessee improves honesty in reporting student test scores
Once chastised for being among the nation's most dishonest states in reporting student performance, Tennessee now is a leader in honestly assessing student proficiency, a report says.
January 26, 2015
Tennessee students begin NAEP testing
It’s testing week for Tennessee students taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a critical measure of the state’s academic progress. Across the state,…
January 16, 2015
SCORE report lauds gains, advocates for Common Core standards
While Tennessee students are making substantial gains on math and reading tests, they still lag behind most other states in academic achievement, with barely a…
July 29, 2014
Report: Fourth graders able to “meaningfully participate” in computer-based tests
Driscoll’s statement is based on a first-of-its-kind study of 13,000 fourth graders conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the National Assessment of…
December 18, 2013
City scores flat on national exam, though up over last decade
From a Department of Education presentation about the city's scores. Once again, New York City's scores on the "nation's report card" are flat, though the city has improved much faster than the state over the last decade. The biggest jump was in fourth grade reading, where the average scale score of New York City students improved by 10 points between 2003 and 2013, compared to just a one-point gain across New York state, according to data released today from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The tests are administered every two years to a sampling of fourth and eighth graders nationwide and are considered the most reliable indicator of student progress. Today's data release breaks out data from New York City and other large urban districts from the state scores, which were released last month. And though New York City has made significant gains over the last 10 years, other cities — including Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta — have been improving more quickly in some areas. Between 2011 and 2013, New York City saw small score increases in fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading, but none were statistically significant. That closely mirrors the statewide results, which saw only one significant increase, in fourth grade math. It also puts New York City in the company of most other urban districts, since only eight of 21 districts had one or more scores increase significantly.
November 11, 2013
In Shelby County Schools, pride about NAEP results, concerns about gaps
Students at Ford Road Elementary School, in Shelby County Schools' Innovation Zone, walk down the hallway on Thursday. The school's test scores have gone up dramatically since it entered the I-Zone. Last Thursday, as state politicians and educators celebrated the state's performance on the NAEP, or National Assessment of Educational Progress, 6th graders at Colonial Middle School, an arts-focused school, were discussing data day, a regular part of the school's cycle during which students in the middle school graph and track their performance in all of their classes. "We can keep up with our grades," said Ariel Amos, one of the students. "The graphs help." Each student has a folder with a chart for each course; high scores were colored in with green colored pencil, while lower scores were colored in with yellow or red. That focus on data and accountability was one of the policy emphases state officials cited to explain Tennessee students' growth on on the 4th and 8th grade math and reading tests: Scores went up more than in any other state in the country this year. While NAEP scores aren't broken down by school or by district, educators in Shelby County schools said they'd seen improvements in many local schools that lined up with the increase in NAEP results. "NAEP is a good measuring stick to compare Tennessee to other states," said Antonio Burt, the principal at Ford Road Elementary School. "Tennessee has put emphasis on Common Core and teacher work. By Tennessee starting early and being proactive, now you're seeing dividends."
November 7, 2013
Haslam, Huffman praise teachers for increased test scores
Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam and education commissioner Kevin Huffman praised teachers for their hard work in boosting the National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores.
November 7, 2013
A few states, but not N.Y., see big gains on 'nation's report card'
New York's fourth grade reading scores didn't see significant changes from 2011. In a year when a few states posted across-the-board gains, New York State saw limited progress on the test known as “the nation’s report card,” according to new data released today about the 2013 tests. Only fourth-grade math scores saw a statistically significant increase on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an assessment given to fourth- and eighth-graders across the country every two years. New York students’ scores in fourth-grade reading, eighth-grade reading, and eighth-grade math showed no significant changes from 2011. That’s a better result than the scores two years ago, when New York was one of just two states to post significant declines. (New York City’s scores outpaced the rest of the state slightly.) Across the country, Tennessee, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia saw the biggest gains across both grades and subjects, though scores for Washington, D.C. especially still rank among the nation’s lowest.
November 7, 2013
Colorado middle schoolers fall short on national report card
Colorado's middle school students fell short on the test known as "the nation's report card," according to data released today on the 2013 tests.
August 5, 2013
Before lower test scores arrive, a fight over how to interpret them
Union and city officials are sparring in advance of tough test score news that arrives at a pivotal moment for Mayor Bloomberg's education legacy. Scores due out on Wednesday reflect students' performance on the first tests tied to the new Common Core standards, which aim to get students solving complex problems and thinking critically. State officials have long warned that the new tests would produce lower scores, which they say will more accurately reflect students' skills, and in April, teachers and students reported that the tests were indeed challenging. After the state sent a letter to principals on Friday confirming that the scores would be "significantly lower" than in the past, the United Federation of Teachers argued — as it has before — that the news will undermine Bloomberg's claims of education progress. Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the union's criticism “despicable” and “really sad” during a conference call with reporters on Sunday. “What they're trying to do is politicize something that shouldn't be politicized at all," he said. Instead, Walcott emphasized that the scores should be seen as a baseline against which to measure future improvement. Walcott and Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department’s chief academic officer, said they would not be comparing this year’s test scores to scores from past years. "You can't compare these directly because they're not just slightly different tests, they're dramatically different tests," Polakow-Suransky said. "It's going to be difficult to make close comparisons with old state exams."
February 21, 2013
Among 'mega-states,' a slower rise for New York's NAEP scores
Of the country's five largest states, New York had the highest percentage of low-income students score proficient on a national exam. But the state's scores did not compare favorably across the board. New York State students' scores on a test known as "the nation's report card" have not risen as quickly as scores in other large states, according to a new report. The report compares student performance in five states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a biennial assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. The reading, math, and science tests are considered the only reliable yardstick for measuring educational progress across states. In 2011 — the last time that fourth- and eighth-graders took the tests — New York was one of only two states to post significant score declines since the previous test administration. (New York City's scores were flat.) The new report shows that New York has also posted smaller gains over time than most "mega-states." The states are California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas, and with New York, they enroll 40 percent of the country's students.
November 1, 2011
Bucking national trend, some New York students slip on NAEP
News on "the nation's report card," sent home today by the U.S. Department of Education, is not good for New York State. New York was one of just two states to post statistically significant declines on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a biennial assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. The state's fourth-grade math scores fell for the second straight time, from a high of 243 points in 2007 to 238 this year. Scores on the eighth-grade math test and the reading tests showed no significant change. Just 35 percent of fourth-graders in New York scored proficient or higher on the exam, considered the only reliable yardstick for measuring educational progress in a field of flawed state assessments. On the state's own tests, whose scores dropped last year when state officials acknowledged that they had been inflated, more than 66 percent of fourth-graders were considered proficient in math. It was the discrepancy between state test scores and NAEP results that triggered state officials to acknowledge that the state's test scores were inflated in the first place. State Education Commissioner John King called today's results "disappointing and unacceptable." In a statement, he said new state tests aligned with the Common Core curriculum standards, set to be given for the first time in three years, would improve New York students' performance on the NAEP.
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