NAEP Scores Released

The Issue:

Earlier this week, the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) at the United States Department of Education (US ED) released scores for 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”  This testing is mandated by Congress, and measures the performance of 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students in various subjects. The test is intended to enable comparisons of student performance across states and school districts , as well as to provide an overall national picture of student performance. Because the assessment remains essentially the same from year to year, the test scores are also intended to provide insight into changes in the academic performance of students in states and districts over time.

The Process:

Various organizations and news outlets are reporting on the newly-released test scores and providing context for the communities they serve. The vast majority of students took the test using a tablet computer, while about one-quarter of the students tested used a pencil and paper. Louisiana Superintendent John White and researchers at Johns Hopkins University are raising concerns that NCES and US ED are not properly accounting for research showing that   students without previous experience taking digital tests are likely to score lower than their peers.

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