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Proficiency and NAEP scores: Let’s stop talking about trivial distinctions and focus on ending inequality instead

It was as predictable as night following day that this week’s release of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress would be followed by weeping and gnashing of teeth on a biblical scale. But while the NAEP results reveal plenty to worry about, anxiety over the findings should focus on the inequities they reveal, […]

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How can cities’ NAEP report cards be OK, when students are doing worse?

Here’s a riddle. In New York City, the largest school district in the nation, eighth-grade math scores were virtually unchanged between 2013 and 2015, according to national test results released October 28, 2015. That’s not great news, but at least they didn’t decline along with those of the rest of the nation’s eighth graders. (See […]

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Top performing cities on NAEP test have the least poverty — but some poor cities do surprisingly well

Do cities with less poverty test better? Yes, but the correlation is not as tight as you might guess, according to 2013 test scores released Dec. 18, 2013. I put together a spreadsheet looking at the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced priced lunch in each of the 21 urban school districts […]

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NAEP scores rise, but income gap sees little change

Fourth- and eighth-graders’ scores showed modest improvement and racial achievement gaps narrowed on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” which was released Tuesday. The gap between disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers remained largely unchanged, however, and widened in fourth-grade reading. Compared to 2009, this […]

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OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in Massachusetts

Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. The decline has accelerated, and results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have pushed the state into the “learn-from-our-mistakes” category. In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave […]

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‘We’re stronger than we’ve ever been’: A Mississippi district shows that integrated schools pay off

PEARL, Miss.— On the first Wednesday of December, the stage risers were out and the backlights were on as the women’s choir rehearsed in the Pearl High School Performing Arts Center. The group blending their voices in harmony the auditorium that morning reflected the school’s diversity: About 37 percent of students attending school in this […]

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‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

LEXINGTON, Miss. — Samara Rand’s new colleagues at Holmes County Central High School gave her a warning on her first day: Never turn off the air conditioning. Even if the students complained. Warm classrooms in the 60-year-old building would smell like urine, her co-workers told her. This story also appeared in The Clarion Ledger “Get […]