January 5, 2006

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WEB EXTRAS STATE OF THE STATES
For the first time, the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center has produced detailed individualized state-by-state reports, assembling key findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators and its progress over time.
Download a State's Full Report: View a State's Summary of Grades:


This interactive map offers a quick way to examine State-by-State grades and summary data.
Provides comprehensive data for individual states in the following categories: summary of grades, student achievement, standards and accountability, efforts to improve teacher quality, school climate, resources: equity and spending. Also provides way to compare multiple states' data in all categories.
WEB EXTRAS ONLINE CHAT TRANSCRIPTS
What's Next for Standards-Based Reform?
With guest Marshall S. Smith, program director for education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (February 1, 2006)
A Decade of Standards-Based Education
With guest Christopher Swanson, director of the EPE Research Center. (January 25, 2006)
Reconsidering National Standards, Curricula, and Tests
With guest Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the author of many books about American education. (January 18, 2006)
A Second Front in Education Reform
With guest Ronald A. Wolk, the chairman of the board for Editorial Projects in Education. (January 5, 2006)
FROM PRINT
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Below the Surface
State efforts in standards-based education over the past decade have had a positive, but modest, relationship with gains in student achievement.
OVERVIEW
A Decade of Effort
Since 1997, states have picked up the pace of their standards-based reforms, and test scores for minority and low-income students, in particular, have improved. But change hasn't come far or fast enough.
• Making the Connection: A decade of standards-based reform and achievement Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (Web only)
This special report by the EPE Research Center analyzes the links between state policies related to standards-based reform and gains in student achievement over the past decade.
Table PDF | Excel NAEP Reading Scores and Changes Over Time
Table PDF | Excel NAEP Math Scores and Changes Over Time
CASE STUDIES
A Small Wonder
Delaware's early commitment to standards-based accountability may have helped push it from the low tier of states to well above average on national tests.
Big States, Big Results
New York and Texas see a connection between their early decisions to raise expectations for public schools and the progress their students have made toward closing gaps in academic achievement.
The Road Less Traveled
Iowa appears to have lost some of its academic edge over other states a decade after bucking the trend toward imposing state standards for what students should learn.
Staying the Course
Massachusetts has not backed away from high standards, even as some needy schools struggle to keep up.
Investing in the Future
North Carolina policymakers say the path to improved test scores and a revamped image of the state's education system has been easy as following the ABCs.
Playing Catch-Up
Nevada faces the ongoing challenge of a skyrocketing enrollment as it works toward a more cohesive strategy for improving academic achievement and graduation rates.
COMMENTARY
A Second Front
Betting everything on standards-based reform is neither wise nor necessary, says Ronald A. Wolk, chairman of the board of Editorial Projects in Education.
National Standards
Standards-based reform proponent and education research professor Diane Ravitch states that the premise of “50 states, 50 standards” is a formula for incoherence and obfuscation.
Our Mission
It takes more than tests to prepare the young for success in life, writes Yale University professor James P. Comer.
One Language
With standards comes a requirement to reduce variability in the equality of instruction, writes Pascal D. Forgione, a former U.S. commissioner of education statistics.
What's Next
Student achievement gains in the United States have been substantial and promising, but more work needs to be done, writes former federal education official Marshall S. Smith.
STATE OF THE STATES
State of the States: Overview
The 10th edition of Quality Counts uses more than 100 indicators to track key education information and grade the states on their policy efforts.
Table PDF | Excel Summary of Grades
Table PDF | Excel Student Achievement
Table PDF | Excel Standards and Accountability
Table PDF | Excel Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality
Table PDF | Excel School Climate
Table PDF | Excel Resources: Equity
Table PDF | Excel Resources: Spending
Table PDF | Excel Grade-by-Grade Testing Policies (Web only)
How Education Week Graded the States
For Quality Counts 2006, the EPE Research Center compiled data on more than 100 indicators across five categories. We collected much of the data through an annual policy survey conducted during the summer and fall of 2005.

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