Assessment Spotlight Spotlight on Assessment
This Spotlight will help you examine updated testing guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Ed, analyze college-placement test scores, and more.

January 17, 2023
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Student Achievement In Their Own Words Students in Military Schools Lead the Nation on NAEP Scores. One Teacher Explains Why
Reading and math scores for Department of Defense students ranged from 15 to 23 points higher than corresponding national average scores.
Madeline Will, November 22, 2022
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Student Achievement Q&A The 3 Teachers on the NAEP Panel Say It’s Time to Act on Drops in Scores
The results caught the public's attention—but the teachers say that hasn't yet translated into direct action to support schools.
Madeline Will, November 21, 2022
9 min read
Mathematics Spotlight Spotlight on Math Assessment and Intervention
This Spotlight will help you evaluate the latest trends in students’ math scores, explore growing investments in math education, and more.

November 15, 2022
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Teaching Most Teachers Are Not 'Extremely Confident' They Can Help Students Recover Academically
Teachers appear more confident about their virtual teaching skills than their ability to help students catch up academically, survey shows.
Alyson Klein, November 3, 2022
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IT Infrastructure The Tech Factors Linked to Higher NAEP Scores
Higher-performing students were more likely to have access to computers, the internet, and daily, real-time lessons during the pandemic.
Alyson Klein, November 2, 2022
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Federal Opinion NAEP Needs to Be Kept at Arm’s Length From Politics
It’s in all our interests to ensure NAEP releases are buffered from political considerations and walled off from political appointees.
Rick Hess, November 2, 2022
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Student Achievement What the Research Says Are Students Using Intensive Tutoring? What National Data Show
Students need more-intensive tutoring to make up for pandemic schooling disruptions, but they may not be getting it.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 31, 2022
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Student Achievement Video The Falloff in NAEP Math and Reading Scores, Explained
Here’s what you need to know about the historic drops in students’ math and reading scores and why they matter.
Sarah D. Sparks & Jaclyn Borowski , October 27, 2022
Students walk to their first class on the first day of school at Kernodle Middle School in Greensboro, N.C., on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. The federal government has provided $190 billion in pandemic aid to schools since March 2020. This is more than quadruple what the U.S. Education Department spends on K-12 schools in a typical year.
Students walk to class on the first day of school in Greensboro, N.C., in August 2021. Recent plunges in math and reading scores nationally have raised concern at the highest levels.
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Student Achievement Big Changes Needed to Reverse Plunging Student Achievement, Education Secretary Says
Miguel Cardona urged widespread adoption of strategies that evidence shows help students regain lost academic ground.
Libby Stanford, October 26, 2022
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Student Achievement Opinion I’m a Teacher. Here’s Why I Don't Care About the NAEP Scores
The drop in NAEP scores don’t tell me anything I didn’t already know, argues one veteran math teacher.
Jay Wamsted, October 26, 2022
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Student Achievement With NAEP Scores in Hand, Schools Double Down on ‘Urgent’ Recovery Efforts
Results for large districts were unsurprising, leaders say, but reinforce the need for long-term investments.
Caitlynn Peetz, October 25, 2022
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Student Achievement Opinion NAEP Scores Are a 'Critical Reality Check.' Kids Pay the Price If They Are Misinterpreted
Leaders must resist the temptation to cherry-pick results and overgeneralize conclusions, writes assessment expert Scott Marion.
Scott Marion, October 25, 2022
5 min read
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Student Achievement What the Research Says How Do Schools Come Back From 'Catastrophic' Drops in Math, Reading on NAEP?
Experts weigh in on how long it will take to recover academic ground lost during and before the pandemic.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 24, 2022
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