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The Nation’s Report Card for Reading and Math: Will Dismal Results Bring More of the Same (higher stakes testing)?

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As Igor Stravinsky once said, good composers borrow; great composers steal. So, instead of writing my own setting of the stage, let me steal from my fine colleague and friend at Common Core, Lynne Munson: I challenge anyone to think of a nation that works as hard as we do to find silver linings in its educational failures. On Tuesday morning NAEP reported that, in the course of two years, our nation’s 4th and 8th graders improved a single point (on a 500-point scale) in three of four reading and math assessments, and flatlined on the fourth.  … [Read more...]

Test Obsession Anyone?

Okay, you might argue that such a blog entry on the very day that NAEP reading results are released offers quite a skewed measure. I beg to differ. Nevertheless, take a look at the top Google new links for education news, today, May 20, 2010.Will historians write that Americans had become obsessed with test scores leaving little time to consider anything else? New NAEP reading scores released for Atlanta: Shows gains in grade 8.‎Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - Maureen Downey - 3 hours agoI think we are doing to see those kinds of results … [Read more...]

NAEP Arts 2008, Part Two: What do the headlines say?

Just the fact that there are headlines, is of course, a good thing.It is interesting to see how this is being reported, particularly from the headline perspective. It's an amazing statement on how this is being reported, which in turn raises great questions as to whether these reporters understand the issues, do any analysis, or simply just print the press release. It's also interesting to note the lack of comments from authoritative figures. Most of the pieces carry a quote from NAEP officials, and yes, Arne Duncan issued a statement. There … [Read more...]

NAEP Arts Assessment Released

It's been eleven years since the last arts assessment from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the "Nation's Report Card." NAEP is also widely viewed as the gold standard of educational assessment.On Friday June 15th, the 2008 "Arts Report Card" was released. Before I get into anything else, I do have to say how important it is that NAEP includes the arts. While there will be big and small issues to debate, the effort here is important and hopefully something that can be done again in less than 11 years, while being … [Read more...]

Education Secretary Lands Near Knockout Blow in First Round

Okay, maybe it's really the second round, as the first could be viewed as the education portion of the stimulus package.I've read a lot about Arne Duncan being a basketball player, but hadn't heard much about him liking to mix it up.Yesterday Duncan spoke at a press conference in Maryland where he outlined what will be required of states in order to receive the second round of stimulus money. The Secretary is going to require significant reporting from each state on a number of key indicators. There's a lot more here to the story that meets the … [Read more...]

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