‘Nation’s Report Card’ Shows Massachusetts At The Top — But Slipping

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Maryland Test Scores Drop on Nation’s Report Card.

MADISON, Wis. 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.BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts fourth and eighth grade students are among the top performers in the country in math and reading according to recently released testing results. 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.

Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show Massachusetts in first place among fourth grade reading and tied for first place in fourth grade math. “I am thrilled to see Massachusetts students and teachers leading the nation once again,” said Gov. 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.

Hogan says under O’Malley, the state excluded too many disabled students and English language learners from the tests, resulting in “misleading” numbers. It’s that it represents students who are literate and who are able to apply their math skills.” Chester said there are some areas that need to be improved upon, citing eighth grade Hispanic students who are not performing as well as those who took the test in other states. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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