A bad report card for nation and Connecticut

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Maryland Test Scores Drop on Nation’s Report Card.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The latest batch of national assessment tests shows New Hampshire students remaining among the highest achievers in math and reading. PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The 2015 Nation’s Report Card shows reading and math scores for South Dakota’s eighth graders have slipped slightly over the past two years. The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress shows the average scores for reading in New Hampshire holding steady compared to 2013 for both fourth-graders and eighth-graders. Results released Wednesday show South Dakota eighth-graders scored an average of 285 on the 2015 math test, compared with the national average of 281.

Larry Hogan says the results are a more honest assessment of where Maryland students stand than the test scores released under his Democratic predecessor, Martin O’Malley. The carefully culled sampling of students in 50 states and 20 urban areas performed no better on the reading component, with scores flat in fourth grade and two points lower in eighth grade.

Hogan says under O’Malley, the state excluded too many disabled students and English language learners from the tests, resulting in “misleading” numbers. Designed as a “common metric for all states and selected urban districts,” the NAEP is given to students all over the country across all demographic groups. NAEP, released on Wednesday, is considered a barometer of student achievement across the United States because it is the only test that measures student achievement in all states.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic about the scores as states embrace higher academic standards, such as Common Core. “We should expect scores in this period to bounce around some, and I think that ‘implementation dip’ is part of what we’re seeing here,” Duncan said in a phone call with reporters. “I would caution everyone to be careful about drawing conclusions.” “One year does not make a trend,” Minnich said at a panel discussion Wednesday. “We set this new goal for the country of college and career readiness for all kids. Because it’s administered to so many different students in so many different places, and because its content has remained fairly consistent, the NAEP—which is also called the “Nation’s Report Card”—is considered an invaluable yardstick for gauging student achievement over the decades.

A spokesman for O’Malley’s presidential campaign says O’Malley’s commitment to education resulted in higher graduation rates and expansion of pre-kindergarten. The test is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics. “I am really encouraged by the results — I give credit to Arizona’s students and teachers,” said Ildi Laczko-Kerr, a testing expert and vice president of academics for the Arizona Charter Schools Association and the Center for Student Achievement. Clearly, these results today show we’re not quite there yet and we have some work to do.” The Common Core standards were developed by the states with the support of the administration.

Unlike most standardized tests, the NAEP assessments are generally quick, completed in about an hour, impossible to game, and reported anonymously, so they’re completely without stakes. In math, the average score for New Hampshire fourth-graders was four points lower than in 2013, but still high enough to tie with five other states or jurisdictions at the top: Massachusetts, Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana and Department of Defense Schools.

They spell out what students should know in English and math at each grade level, with a focus on critical thinking and less of an emphasis on memorization. But they have become a rallying point for critics who want a smaller federal role in education and some parents confounded by some of the new concepts being taught. Forty-six percent achieved proficiency or higher, compared to 32 percent nationally. “It is reassuring to know that our students, teachers, parents and the encompassing educational communities throughout New Hampshire continue to strive for the excellence reflected in our NAEP results,” said New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry. “As much as we are satisfied with our continued success, we acknowledge that there are numerous opportunities for future academic growth and improvement in all subjects and at all grade levels.”

Are changes like national standards and common assessments really the answer, or are they part of the problem? “It is a testament to the hard work of Arizona teachers and students that NAEP scores have remained stable given the many significant changes to our state’s education system in recent years Our schools should absolutely be commended for the steadiness seen in these results,” Douglas said.

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site