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American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

Richard Freed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Richard Freed

Is the dramatic increase in teen smartphone and entertainment tech use contributing to their academic struggles? It's not the only factor, but it's a critical one.

The Real NAEP Stories Live in the States

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

By now everyone who cares about National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results might be sick of thinking about them, in part because the 2015 results from what is often called the nation's report card were -- let's face it -- depressing.

Making Sense of Assessments: State-level NAEP Comparisons Offer Better Policy Guide Than International Assessments

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Let's treat social, economic, and education policies as the innately interwoven drivers of children's school and life trajectories that they are. And let's start putting them all on the right track.

Missing: Talented and Underserved

Sandy Marshall | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sandy Marshall

In the STEM space talented, capable students who don't look like we might expect; who may not live in the zip code with the awesome robotics club; whose parents may not be aware that a few bus stops away from their front door a world of opportunity awaits. This needs to change.

National Assessment: What the Latest Results Should Tell Us

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

NAEP provokes important questions but doesn't provide the answers -- and that's a good thing as long as we're prepared to keep the discussion alive and not stifle it with premature, extravagant, and politicized rhetoric.

Joy Resmovits

These Are The States That Demand The Least Of Their Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

What does it mean to be passing math class? The answer to this question varies from state to state, according to a new report released by the resea...

The Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Students Were the Victims, but the School System Suffers Too

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Something remarkable happened as the cheating case, which dates back to 2005, unfolded. Over the last 13 years, Atlanta students have made significant progress on another test, the widely respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered through the Education Department and considered the "gold standard" of educational testing in the U.S.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

Joy Resmovits

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions t...

Choice Is a Privilege

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

In a town like Chicago, "choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.

Leadership Lessons for the 21st Century: Superintendents' Perspectives

Martin J. Blank | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Celebrating 50 years in the educational leadership business, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) asked practitioners from around the countr...

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

Joy Resmovits

American Students Perform Worse As They Reach Higher Grades | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

High school test scores released by the federal government Wednesday provide fresh evidence of a troubling theme in American education: Students seem ...

What NAEP Tells Us About How Much America Cares About Black Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

It would seem everyone has an answer for how to improve education. There has been progress, but not the sea change required for more citizens to enter...

Some Hard Truths About Education (and NAEP) in Tennessee

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

A two-year bump in NAEP scores in Tennessee has prompted vocal assertions of their implications from leaders at the state and even the federal level. A few of these assertions are reasonable, many are exaggerated, and some are downright false.

A Look Ahead at 2014 in Education Reform

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Comedy
Steve Nelson

Governor Rick Perry misses the press conference. His staff reports that he was still trying to '...figure out what all these numbers mean' and that he hadn't been able to get his hair ready in time.

Education Should Be About Preparing for Tomorrow

Vince Bertram | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We need to have higher expectations for ourselves as educators, parents, and policymakers; and we need to have higher expectations for our students -- they will meet the bar wherever it is set.

Joy Resmovits

Why City Students' Test Scores 'Should Concern Everyone' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Students in America's largest cities are scoring higher on math and reading exams, but still perform well below the national average, according to a n...

A Gust of Good News From NAEP

Jon Erickson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Jon Erickson

When it comes to permanently shaping the landscape it is slow and steady force that literally moves mountains. It may be that we're witnessing the impact of similar subtle shifts in the most recent report from the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

Diane Ravitch's Realistic Assessment of 2013 NAEP Results and Reform 'Success'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In his smug review of education historian Diane Ravitch's November 8, 2013, questioning of the inconsistencies in 2013 National Assessment of Educatio...

How Should We Read NAEP Test Score Results in Washington D.C.?

John Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We teachers have enough on our plates helping our students, fighting the cheaper, but equally dangerous knock-offs of D.C.'s IMPACT evaluation system, and working for humane and evidence-driven methods to improve our schools. We shouldn't waste our strength worrying about whether evidence that supports the accountability hawks is exaggerated or not.

NAEP Nonsense: Don't Believe the Hype

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains. If test-and-punish strategies work, why don't they work everywhere?

Joy Resmovits

Here's How Americans Stack Up Against Students In Other Countries | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachuse...

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

Flummoxed Kids, Enraged Teachers: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

In the early 1990s, Maryland put in place a complex, performance-based assessment to determine if elementary school students could demonstrate complex problem-solving and think critically across disciplines. The state was in an uproar.