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Assessment 'Nation's Report Card' Has a New Reading Framework, After a Drawn-Out Battle Over Equity
The new framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress will guide development of the 2026 reading test.
Sarah Schwartz, August 13, 2021
10 min read
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School & District Management The Fastest-Improving City School Districts Aren't the Ones You Might Expect
An analysis of how much city districts are overcoming their demographic odds reveals some surprising success stories as well as others where progress is slipping.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 1, 2021
8 min read
Reading & Literacy Is the Bottom Falling Out for Readers Who Struggle the Most?
A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 15, 2021
5 min read
Science Letter to the Editor Science-Score Declines Have Impact Well Beyond the Classroom
Science understanding is valuable not only for careers in STEM but also for students' critical thinking and analytical skills.
June 10, 2021
1 min read
Palmyra Middle School English teacher Bethany Cover, far right, leads 7th and 8th graders on a walk to conduct a bird census as part of a science camp this week on the Appalachian trail near Palmyra, Pa. Students write about their scientific observations for the project, which integrates science lessons across the curriculum.
Palmyra Middle School English teacher Bethany Cover, far right, leads 7th and 8th graders on a walk to conduct a bird census as part of a science camp this week on the Appalachian Trail near Palmyra, Pa. Teachers across the curriculum work on the camp, at a time experts say science instruction is getting squeezed by schools' math and reading focus.
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Science The Latest Science Scores Are Out. The News Isn't Good for Schools
At a time when the pandemic highlights the importance of science, student scores in that subject are either flat or declining on NAEP.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 25, 2021
6 min read
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Assessment Opinion The National Assessment Governing Board’s Troubling Gag Order
NAGB's recently released restrictions on how its board members can communicate set a troubling precedent.
Rick Hess, May 4, 2021
3 min read
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Reading & Literacy Struggling Readers Score Lower on Foundational Skills, Analysis of National Test Finds
The results paint a more detailed picture of students who are designated below basic on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah Schwartz, April 27, 2021
4 min read
Assessment Spotlight Spotlight on Assessment 2021
In this Spotlight, dive into best assessment practices
and more.
January 15, 2021
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Assessment Opinion An Open Letter to the NAEP Governing Board
The change under consideration would make the reading test less accurate not more, writes E.D. Hirsch Jr.
E.D. Hirsch Jr., December 1, 2020
3 min read
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Assessment It's Official: National Test Is Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns
The delay of the 2021 NAEP is a missed opportunity to measure students' pandemic-related learning losses, state by state.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 25, 2020
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Even Before Pandemic, National Test Finds Most Seniors Unready for College Reading, Math
Little more than 1 in 3 American 12th graders read proficiently and fewer than 1 in 4 performed proficiently in math on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 28, 2020
2 min read
Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short stories you may have missed.
July 13, 2020
8 min read
Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
April 28, 2020
6 min read
The National Archives building in Washington houses the original Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Engraved on it is a quote from Shakespeare on the importance of history: “What is past is prologue.”
The National Archives building in Washington houses the original Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Engraved on it is a quote from Shakespeare on the importance of history: “What is past is prologue.”
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Assessment 8th Graders Don't Know Much About History, National Exam Shows
There was no good news for social studies instruction in the latest national assessment results: 8th graders’ performance plunged in history, dipped in geography, and stayed flat in civics.
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