Student Scores in Reading and Math Drop

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Math, reading scores slip for nation’s school kids.

You don’t need a math expert to know this doesn’t add up: despite every effort, the math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress fell overall for the first time in years. CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Nevada students’ scores stayed mostly flat in a national test administered every two years, although 8th grade math scores fell and the state’s overall performance continues to lag near the bottom nationally.CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The latest batch of national assessment tests shows New Hampshire students remaining among the highest achievers in math and reading.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin fourth and eighth grade students are scoring better than the national average on math tests known as the nation’s report card. 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. Some blame the test, especially in light of President Obama’s statement Saturday that too much testing occurs in schools, but most experts agree that the NAEP is a good one. Still, experts and educators are puzzled by the nationwide drop in math scores, taken by some as a sign that enormous education reform efforts have borne no fruit. 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. 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. 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.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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