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The 2013 NAEP results—to some, “the nation’s report card”— came out earlier this month. These state-by-state test scores signal good news: student performance nationally and in most states continues to improve on balance, if only slightly. The District of the Columbia’s trend line is particularly heartening. Along with Tennessee, D.C. Public Schools made the largest student performance gains inContinue Reading »
The STEM achievement gap between U.S. students and students in other industrialized countries, such as Singapore, is inciting national policy discussions. And now a National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) study offers a new way to see if our public schools are making progress toward a STEM-literate society.
The recent study linked the National Assessment of Educational ProgressContinue Reading »
Child poverty is our national family secret. According to a recent ETS study by Richard Coley and Bruce Baker, among the economically advanced countries only Romania has a higher percentage of children living in poverty than the United States.
Twenty-three percent of American children live in poverty. One and a half million children live in extreme poverty, getting by on $2 or less per pContinue Reading »
Our students deserve a high quality education regardless of where they live. Currently, they are not getting their due. Each state has been marching to the beat of its own drummer when it comes to setting proficiency standards.
It’s not working.
A recent Education Next study by Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan examines the lack of common state Continue Reading »
Food for thought. Starting in fall 2014, junk food will no longer be sold during the school day. Students will be able to choose from healthy snack options in vending machines, but this is the end of the pre-pre-algebra candy bar fix. (USA Today)
A traveling education. Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool in Kapolei, Hawaii, graduated 4-and 5-year-old preschoolers yesterday. The amazingContinue Reading »
The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 was released yesterday and presented in a webinar hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board. While the study finds some promising trends in student achievement, there is still work to be done.
The long term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is given every four years to students aContinue Reading »
Last Friday, the Obama administration approved Alabama’s request for ESEA flexibility. Now, this brings the total amount of states with approved waivers to 38 plus the District of Columbia.
In our recent report on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, we looked at state progress from 2003-2011 (the years after NCLB was implemented) on the National Assessment of EContinue Reading »
With Black History Month nearly complete, it’s appropriate to examine our progress on narrowing the black-white achievement gap in America. After considering scores from 2003 and 2011, there is both good and bad news to report.
To get a sense of the United States’ progress in this area over the last decade, I took 4th and 8th grade, reading and mathematics scorContinue Reading »
We know from research that a student’s reading score can be better predicted by family environment than by schooling. The 2010 study “Children’s Access to Print Related Materials and Education-Related Outcomes” commissioned by Reading is Fundamental concluded that greater access to books and other print materials in the home correlated with increases in a child’s reading performancContinue Reading »
Despite several pleas not to, the Indiana State Board of Education voted to change teacher licensing rules, easing credential requirements for both superintendents and teachers. (News and Tribune)
Careful interpretations. Kevin Drum warns that media coverage of yesterday’s NAEP vocabulary scores is “wrong on so many levels.” (Mother Jones)
For data nerds. An interactive map with kContinue Reading »