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Wyoming near top of Nation's Report Card

11 Abril 2018, 01:45 | Crisanna Felipe

A slight improvement in some classroom rankings masks Michigan’s flatlined scores in math and reading scores

A slight improvement in some classroom rankings masks Michigan’s flatlined scores in math and reading scores

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has already praised the gains in one state, Florida, and highlighted the disappointing national results.

Peggy Carr, the associate commissioner of assessment at the National Center for Educational Statistics, said her agency anticipated something called the "mode effect", which can skew test results based on the test's format - paper or computer. Some students have experience taking digital exams, while other states administer only paper tests.

Amber Arellano, executive director of the Education Trust-Midwest - a research and advocacy group based in Royal Oak - said the data confirm what's already known about MI.

The national exam generally is considered the gold standard of educational measurement, in part because it has no consequences for individual students, schools and teachers, so there's less incentive to try to game it by spending hours on test-prep drills.

Baltimore and Maryland scores remained essentially flat on the assessment - also known as the Nation's Report Card - mirroring a national trend.

You can see all of Wyoming's 2017 NAEP test results here. "It's an exciting time for education in Arkansas".

Kentucky's fourth graders suffered a statistically significant four-point drop in reading scores while its eighth-grade scores fell by three points, a decline that was not deemed statistically significant. The scale is 0 to 500. In eighth-grade math, the state is 6 percentage points behind ME and CT and 20 points behind MA, the highest-ranked state in the region. For math, the average score was 283, similar to two years before.

After 27 years of KERA and a half decade of Common Core aligned math and reading assessments, even if NAEP is wrong, Kentucky has made little progress in education recently.

None of the point changes between the 2015 and 2017 scores in Arkansas are statistically significant, according to the National Center for Education Statistics office, which administers the test. A proficient rating means students have shown "solid academic performance" and "demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter". If so, the difference in the score trend with KPREP would be pretty much eliminated. One other notable change was that the gap between white and black students on the eighth-grade math exam narrowed. The national average was 221. By contrast, 29 percent of black and Latino fourth-graders scored at that level. Black students' average score fell from 202 to 198, resulting in a 25-point gap. It is regarded by many experts as one of the best nationwide comparative measures of student achievement.

In mathematics, 40 percent of Virginia eighth graders achieved proficient or advanced scores in 2017, with 13 percent performing at the advanced level. Among eighth-graders, the three-point drop tied with three other states for the largest nationally. The growth has slowed, but Alexander said the results show that Washington is the fastest-improving urban district in fourth-grade math.

The 26-member governing board was created in 1988 to set policy for the national assessment. In reading, the same group has seen a 5-point increase since 1992.

The researchers determined that "whether or not a state had used online testing" prior to NAEP predicted more of this year's scoring changes than any other state characteristic.

But where the lowest-performing students in California and the nation overall largely posted lower scores in 2017 than their peers in 2015, L.A.'s bottom scorers held steady and even posted higher scores. Tennessee is one of 10 states that did not previously complete state assessments exclusively online, which some researchers note could have had an effect on scores.

Just 5 percent of students in Detroit were proficient in fourth-grade reading.

Overall, state officials said, the CT students performed about the same as they did two years ago when the test was last administered. In eighth-grade reading, Rhode Island is 2 percentage points behind ME and 12 points behind MA, the leader.

Former state superintendent Michael Sentance rang the NAEP alarm bell in 2016, pointing to Alabama's low ranking in the country as a clear indicator that Alabama needed urgent improvement in math, reading and science.

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