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  • Test Scores Show a Decline in Math Among High School Seniors

    04/27/2016 6:10:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 27, 2016 | Kate Zernike
    The average performance of the nation’s high school seniors dropped in math from 2013 to 2015, but held steady in reading, according to results of a biennial test released Wednesday. The results, from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also showed a drop in the percentage of students in private and public schools who are considered prepared for college-level work in reading and math. In 2013, the last time the test was given, 39 percent of students were estimated to be ready in math and 38 percent in reading; in 2015, 37 percent were judged prepared in each subject. In...
  • Arne Has Left the Building

    01/05/2016 10:32:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | January 5, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    On the last day of 2015 the longest serving member of President Obama's Cabinet, Arne Duncan, quietly stepped down from his official position as what the Washington Post called "the most powerful education secretary in U.S. history." The federal government now provides about 10 percent of the money spent on public schools, and Duncan used that money, to an extent never before, to impose his will on local schools. Arne's departure is a good time to review what's wrong with America's public schools and how the federal government has made them worse. Instead of giving an account of his stewardship,...
  • Department of Education: Catholic Schools Beat Public Schools

    02/22/2012 8:52:37 AM PST · by rhema · 22 replies · 4+ views
    Patriot Post ^ | 2/22/12 | Terence Jeffrey
    When two schools meet in a basketball game, the winner is indisputable. One team outscores the other. The same is true in certain types of academic competition. When students take standardized national tests, students from some schools outscore students from others. In the most recent round of National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the winners were indeed indisputable. Catholic schools thrashed public schools. It wasn't close. "In 2011," says the Department of Education in a report on the NAEP tests, "the average reading score for eighth-graders attending public schools was 19...
  • Lots of Children Left Behind: Nearly a decade after Mayor Bloomberg’s school reforms, New York...

    12/09/2011 10:22:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | 9 December 2011 | Sol Stern
    Nearly a decade after Mayor Bloomberg’s school reforms, New York City students show little progress.The only reasonable conclusion to draw from this week’s report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is that reading and math achievement by New York City’s students is dismal and has remained so for almost a decade. Known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” the federal test compares progress by fourth- and eighth-graders in 21 large cities. A mere 24 percent of all New York City eighth-graders read at the NAEP proficiency level (and only 12 percent of black and Hispanic students). In eighth-grade math,...
  • Black Education

    12/22/2009 4:47:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies · 3,451+ views ^ | December 22, 2009 | Walter E. Williams
    Detroit's (predominantly black) public schools are the worst in the nation and it takes some doing to be worse than Washington, D.C. Only 3 percent of Detroit's fourth-graders scored proficient on the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, sometimes called "The Nation's Report Card." Twenty-eight percent scored basic and 69 percent below basic. "Below basic" is the NAEP category when students are unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at their grade level. It's the same story for Detroit's eighth-graders. Four percent scored proficient, 18 percent basic and 77 percent...
  • Not Ready for Algebra

    11/04/2008 10:39:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 446+ views
    Campus Report ^ | November 4, 2008 | Irene Warren
    Not Ready for Algebra by: Irene Warren, November 04, 2008 A trend shows that elementary and advanced math students have fallen below the national average. The Brown Center on Education Policy hosted an event at the Brookings Institution recently to discuss possible ways to better prepare students to succeed in higher-level math courses. “Algebra in eighth grade was once reserved for the mathematically gifted student” the Brookings Institution noted in an October 2008 events announcement. “From 1990 to 2007, national enrollment in algebra courses soared from 16 percent to more than 30 percent of all eighth graders.” However, proficiency scores...
  • Non-Alignment of Standards Not Culprit for Low Scores

    04/28/2008 11:38:52 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 78+ views
    The Goldwater Institute | April 28, 2008 | Matthew Ladner
    Non-Alignment of Standards Not Culprit for Low Scores By Matthew Ladner, Ph.D Recently I appeared on the Horizon public affairs program together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, to discuss the No Child Left Behind law and our state AIMS test. During the discussion, Superintendent Horne said the main reason Arizona students perform poorly on the national NAEP test, also known as the Nation's Report Card, is due to a non-alignment of standards. If, for example, Arizona does not teach the math concepts in fourth grade that appear on the fourth grade math NAEP, one could expect lower...
  • Math drop a big test for schools

    02/26/2008 7:56:12 AM PST · by george76 · 163 replies · 336+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | February 25, 2008 | Berny Morson
    Willie Angelo's grasp of math, never firm, took a sharp nose dive just before Christmas. "Towards the end of last semester, it was all building up," said Angelo... "It was too much for me to handle." So there he was at a recent early-morning tutoring session with his teacher, struggling to learn polynomials - mathematical expressions studded with digits, X's, exponents and parentheses. He's not alone. Students across Colorado are struggling with math, according to results of statewide achievement tests. And the test scores go down as the students get older. The vast majority of students - 68 percent -...
  • N.Y. Gave the Most Breaks for School Exam

    11/20/2007 9:32:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 71+ views
    NY Sun ^ | November 21, 2007 | ELIZABETH GREEN
    So many New York City students received extra time and other accommodations on a respected national test this year that several testing experts are saying the results should be considered invalid. On the test known as the nation's report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, New York state gave accommodations to more fourth-graders than any other state in the nation, and New York City gave more help than any of the ten other major cities that participate in a separate city-by-city comparison. On three of four tests the accommodation rate hovered around 20%. On the last — a fourth-grade...
  • A Look at Anglo and Hispanic Test Scores

    10/31/2007 10:19:26 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 72+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | October 29, 2007 | Dr. Matthew Ladner
    An examination of the trends in recent test scores shows the good news is that Arizona forth graders are improving; the bad news is the gains aren't lasting. The chart below presents fourth grade National Assessment of Educational Progress reading trends for two different income groups of Anglo and Hispanic students in Arizona. We see positive trends in all four categories of students. Since 1998, the percentage of low-income Anglos and Hispanics who score at the "basic" level or better-meaning they read at grade level-increased by 21% and 44% respectively. Among higher income Anglos and Hispanics, scores increased by 10%...
  • Smell Testing Arizona's Terra Nova

    10/17/2007 10:47:08 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 90+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | October 16, 2007 | Dr. Matthew Ladner
    In June, the Goldwater Institute released A Test of Credibility. The essence of the argument: Arizona's Terra Nova exam produces unrealistically high scores (above the national average in every subject and grade level), when national tests show Arizona consistently below the national average. Both results can not be true. ADE recently issued a response filled with misconceptions. The Goldwater Institute will soon post a response to the ADE's critique on its website. If you'd like to get to the bottom of this issue in a hurry, however, simply look at Figure 1 below. Figure 1 compares Arizona's performance on the...
  • The Kids Are All Right - Economic literacy test: High school seniors beat Congress.

    08/09/2007 9:03:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 650+ views ^ | August 10, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Pop quiz. Which has been most important in reducing poverty over time: a) taxes, b) economic growth, c) international trade, or d) government regulation? We know what our readers would say. But lest you think American young people are slouching toward serfdom, you'll be pleased to know that 53% of U.S. high school seniors also answered "b." The latest version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) asked this question, among others on economics, and the results will not please members of the Socialist International, or for that matter the Senate Finance Committee. Since its founding in 1969, the...
  • Boys Are In Trouble

    06/11/2007 8:38:37 AM PDT · by LUMary · 31 replies · 1,283+ views
    Boys Are In Trouble by: Wendy Cook, June 04, 2007 Since the 33-year-old Women’s Educational Equity Act’s inception, the U. S. Congress has appropriated around $10 million annually for research, curricula development and teaching strategies to promote “gender equity,” according to information from the U.S. Department of Education. But what about the boys, have they been left behind by our nation’s schools? “Boys are in trouble,” said Krista Kafer, visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. “The facts are quite clear; boys trail girls in most indicators of academic excellence such as, school engagement, achievement scores, and graduation rates at...
  • Grades Rise, but Reading Skills Do Not

    02/23/2007 10:20:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 651+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 23, 2007 | DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 — High school students nationwide are taking seemingly tougher courses and earning better grades, but their reading skills are not improving through the effort, according to two federal reports released here Thursday that cite grade inflation as a possible explanation. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, an exam commonly known as the nation’s report card, found that the reading skills of 12th graders tested in 2005 were significantly worse than those of students in 1992, when a comparable test was first given, and essentially flat since students previously took the exam in 2002. The test results also...
  • Fuzzy Math Fails Vouchers

    09/15/2006 9:51:02 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 3 replies · 503+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2006 | Matthew Hickman
    According to a recent study published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), public school students are outperforming their private school counterparts in fourth grade mathematics and have equaled “private school students in fourth grade reading and eighth grade math.” However, as Shanea Watkins, Policy Analyst in Empirical Studies in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, explains, these results require greater scrutiny. Some commentators that reference the NCES report believe the study points to a causal relationship—that attending a public school will cause higher academic achievement in math. However, the study focuses on data provided by...
  • Why the United States Should Look to Japan for Better Schools

    11/21/2005 12:14:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 71 replies · 3,278+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2005 | BRENT STAPLES
    The United States will become a second-rate economic power unless it can match the educational performance of its rivals abroad and get more of its students to achieve at the highest levels in math, science and literacy. Virtually every politician, business leader and educator understands this, yet the country has no national plan for reaching the goal. To make matters worse, Americans have remained openly hostile to the idea of importing strategies from the countries that are beating the pants off us in the educational arena. The No Child Left Behind Act, passed four years ago, was supposed to put...
  • Let the market work

    11/10/2005 12:11:16 AM PST · by Crackingham · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11/10/5 | Emmett Tyrrell
    A report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has found that reading scores among the nation's hapless middle-school students have shown little improvement over the past two years, remaining at the same dismal level where they have lingered since the early 1990s. Math scores have improved only slightly. This can not be good for the commonweal nor for the self-esteem of our nation's youth. I am told they even find prime-time television inscrutable. Even the more complicated lyrics of rap music mystify them. Something has to change in the education of our elementary- and secondary-school pupils. If this...
  • Public Education's hidden scandal; NAEP results discussed

    09/27/2005 6:46:58 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 2 replies · 418+ views
    Hoover Institute via Charlotte Observer ^ | Sept 27,2005 | PAUL E. PETERSON
    Schools often conceal high dropout rates for minority students. Among the "talented tenth," those in the top 10 percent of test takers, reading scores have dropped four points since 1971 and math scores have not budged since first measured in 1978. So say the latest (2004) results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the nation's report card. At the other end of the scale, dropout rates have actually increased since 1990, rising to 30 percent of all 17-year-olds.
  • Why the rise in pupils' test scores? The South.

    08/04/2005 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 107 replies · 1,818+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/5/05 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    Americans cheered the latest release of the test called "the nation's report card," which showed marked long-term gains in math and reading for elementary and junior high students. But the loudest applause is due for the South, as it turns out. Largely missed in the initial hoopla was a startling fact: Much of the national progress reported for 9- and 13-year-olds was driven by gains in the South. For example, while 9-year-olds in the Northeast gained 10 points in reading achievement (the equivalent of a grade level) over the past 30 years, the South gained 24, according to the National...
  • George Bush, education president (His education reforms maybe working!)

    07/24/2005 1:13:53 PM PDT · by voletti · 19 replies · 904+ views
    The Economist ^ | 7/21/05 | The Economist
    THERE is no shortage of bad news for the White House these days. The Washington press corps is on death watch outside the house of Karl Rove, George Bush's chief adviser, and the car bombs continue to explode across Iraq. Yet last Thursday also saw some rare good news. It is buried in a pretty obscure place, in a report published by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But it has some big implications—not only for Mr Bush's much-maligned claim that he is a different sort of conservative, but also for the future health of American society. The National Assessment...
  • "F" for Failure

    05/12/2005 7:12:18 PM PDT · by strategofr · 3 replies · 459+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 12, 2005 | By Greg Forster
    This week a new empirical study claiming to show that public schools do a better job than private schools has made a big media splash. But the study is deeply misleading. The authors make claims their statistical method can’t possibly justify. And if you guessed that the study got off the ground with help from the educational status quo, you’d be right. If there’s one thing education research has shown, it’s that private schools do a better job than public schools. The consensus in favor of this among empirical studies is as strong as on anything in education-policy research. Indeed,...
  • Measuring the child not left behind

    11/20/2004 4:55:57 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 314+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2004 | Gerald Dudley
    Our competitive American nature makes it difficult to be out of first place in the world for long. But that’s where we have been in education and we’re doing something about it legislatively. One of the hallmarks of the new national “No Child Left Behind” legislation, written to improve education, is the measurement of student academic achievement. To fulfill this new mandate every State developed rigorous achievement standards and enlisted professional testing companies to prepare subject matter test questions. These tests purport to measure current status and learning growth that validates the States’ standards. Every student at specific grade levels...
  • Big picture doesn't justify charter-school foes' glee

    08/19/2004 6:42:21 AM PDT · by Homo_homini_lupus · 11 replies · 449+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 19, 2004 | Collin Levey
    Not since the golden age of "Looney Tunes" has bad news been met with such hand-rubbing glee. This week, the American Federation of Teachers informed the media that students in some charter schools across the country were actually underperforming their peers in regular public schools. In a "gotcha" moment, the group announced it had culled the results from numbers "buried" in data released by the U.S. Education Department — numbers that had gone largely unnoticed. [snip] The [NAEP] data in question this week tested a sample of students in seven states. But there are now some 3,000 charter schools educating...
  • What Money Can't Buy (Education Improvements)

    07/30/2004 5:04:32 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 430+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2004 | Editorial
    Reg Weaver, President of the National Education Association, took to the podium in Boston this week to say that John Kerry was his man. And why not? Nearly one in 10 of the delegates to this week's Democratic convention belongs to a teachers union. ... The little scheduling snafu notwithstanding, if you're a teachers union leader, what's not to like in a candidate who has called for "fully funding education, no questions asked?" ... When we cross-referenced spending increases with the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading scores, we found virtually no link between spending and performance. ... Surely it's...
  • The destruction of American education

    04/21/2004 6:48:21 PM PDT · by writer33 · 4 replies · 108+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | 04/19/2004 | Alan Caruba
    "No school left behind by a few absentees" was the recent headline of a news story that told of how President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education bill is being "tweaked" because of its requirement that all students must eventually pass federally mandated tests when, in fact, nearly 300 middle and high schools in New Jersey fell short. In the third "adjustment" to the law since the start of this year, Rod Paige, US Secretary of Education, announced in March that schools would be allowed to "average their participation rates" over three years. This takes into account that some students...
  • Sec of Ed: Beyond my mistake, my real frustration (union heads oppose all educational reform)

    02/28/2004 11:17:31 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 262+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 29, 2004 | Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education
    Education should be about children, not partisan politics. Yet, sadly, there has been a lot of political posturing on this issue lately. It may be inevitable during an election year. I admit that last week I, too, ratcheted up the debate with a very poor word choice to describe the leadership of the nation's largest teachers union. I chose my words carelessly, and I am truly sorry for the hurt and confusion they caused. I especially want to be clear on one point. As ill-considered as my words were, my disappointment was directed only -- and I mean only --...
  • Study Says U.S. Should Replace States' High School Standards

    02/10/2004 4:29:50 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 29 replies · 319+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10 February 2004 | By KAREN W. ARENSON
    A patchwork of state standards is failing to produce high school graduates who are prepared either for college or for work, three education policy organizations say in a new report. The solution, they say, is to adopt rigorous national standards that will turn the high school diploma into a "common national currency." "For too many graduates, the American high school diploma signifies only a broken promise," the groups, which favor standardized testing to improve education, say. Working through what they call the American Diploma Project, the organizations — Achieve Inc., the Education Trust and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation —...
  • Activists push to close gap in test scores for minorities

    01/16/2004 6:01:17 PM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | January 16, 2004 | Ann Doss Helms
    This article pertains to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) public schools, but it is applicable to many other public school systems. A great deal of attention is being given to "the gap," but less to overall achievement. I wonder why... A coalition of activists gathered at the Marshall Park statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday and urged Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to close longstanding test-score gaps between minority and white students. The recent release of CMS's first-ever results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often known as the nation's report card, highlighted that gap: White students were three to five times...
  • Left behind

    10/29/2003 8:26:24 AM PST · by Valin · 22 replies · 193+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 10/26/03 | Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
    <p>The racial achievement gap in education is the major civil rights issue of our time. But the old solutions won't make the grade.</p> <p>THE STUDENT BODY of Cedarbrook Middle School in a Philadelphia suburb is one-third black, two-thirds white. The town has a very low poverty rate, good schools, and a long-established black middle class. But in an eighth-grade advanced algebra class that a reporter visited in June 2001, there was not a single black student. The class in which the teacher was explaining that the 2 in number 21 stands for 20, though, was 100 percent black. A few black students were taking accelerated English, but no whites were sitting in the English class that was learning to identify verbs.</p>
  • The High Rate Of High School Graduate Failure Who Really Failed: Students Or The System?

    09/28/2003 4:34:22 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 38 replies · 1,668+ views ^ | July 9, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The High Rate Of High School Graduate Failure (July 9, 2003)Who Really Failed: Students Or The System? by Phyllis Schlafly All over the country, students, their parents and teachers are in an uproar about the tens of thousands who flunked the test designated as the requirement for high school graduation. Threats of withholding diplomas have brought out accusations, recriminations, and even angry mobs. States have devised various ways to deal with this crisis. Award the diplomas anyway, stonewall the complainers, keep the students in school an extra year, postpone the deadline to 2004 or even 2006, lower the standards, lower...
  • Back to school

    08/29/2003 8:25:32 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 44 replies · 462+ views ^ | 29/08/03 | Oliver North
    Broadman & Holman, the publisher of my latest novel, "The Jericho Sanction," sent me out on the road this week to promote the book. It occurred to me as I was skimming news stories about America’s youngsters returning to school that if high school students were our "target audience," a sufficient number of them would not be able to read the words on the pages. Nor would their teachers. A great disservice is being done to the young people of this country when it comes to preparing them intellectually for the challenges that lie ahead. When I was a student...
  • Teaching History: Fact or Fiction?

    08/28/2003 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 12 replies · 209+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | Aug. 6, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    In rare moments when Congress isn't preoccupied with the war, taxes or prescription drugs, Congress is worrying that American students don't know any American history. Congress is right to worry because this is true, but it doesn't follow that the federal government is capable of remedying the problem. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation's Report Card, reported that less than half of high school seniors demonstrate even a basic grasp of history. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, in a report called "Losing America's Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century," charged that 55 colleges...
  • Phyllis Schlafly on "Teaching History: Fact or Fiction"

    08/02/2003 8:54:32 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 253+ views
    Human Events ^ | 08-01-03 | Schlafly, Phyllis
    Teaching History: Fact Or Fiction? by Phyllis Schlafly Posted Aug 1, 2003 In rare moments when Congress isn’t preoccupied with the war, taxes or prescription drugs, Congress is worrying that American students don’t know any American history. Congress is right to worry because this is true, but it doesn’t follow that the federal government is capable of remedying the problem. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card, reported that less than half of high school seniors demonstrate even a basic grasp of history. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, in a report called Losing...
  • Accountability, choice pay off {Nation's Report Card shows BIG gains in FL education under Jeb!)

    07/02/2003 9:46:48 AM PDT · by summer · 82 replies · 207+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 1, 2003 | Greg Forster and Marcus A. Winters
    Accountability, choice pay off By Greg Forster and Marcus A. Winters The U.S. Department of Education recently released the latest round of reading scores from its national testing program. The results show impressive gains in Florida. This gives us some important confirmation that students in Florida are seeing real improvement under the education reforms of the past few years. ...Florida ranks fifth in improvement in fourth-grade reading out of 37 states for which scores are available both in 2002 and in 1998, the last time the reading test was given. Florida's improvement in eighth-grade reading scores was even more impressive,...
  • DOD Schools are tops - NAEP 2002 Reading results are in

    06/19/2003 1:26:25 PM PDT · by buwaya · 10 replies · 305+ views
    The NAEP (National Assesment of Educational Progress) 2002 Reading results were released yesterday. Department of Defense Schools are very good indeed, and seem to almost eliminate the racial gaps in reading, particularly the Hispanic one. It should also make it clear that members of the armed forces seem to be either peculiarly intelligent, or they breed intelligent children. California does very badly, BTW, and Texas does quite well, particularly for Hispanics. % over basic DOD schools 8th grade - Black - 80 Hispanic - 85 White - 92 US 8th grade Black - 54 Hispanic - 56 White - 83...