ERIC Number: ED453594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Raising Achievement and Reducing Gaps: Reporting Progress toward Goals for Academic Achievement. A Report to the National Education Goals Panel. Lessons from the States.
Barton, Paul E.
This report presents a new analysis of student achievement scores and educational progress for states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Results based on score quartiles show that states are generally making more progress in mathematics achievement than in reading, good readers are getting better at the same time weak readers are losing ground, fourth-grade students made more improvement in mathematics achievement than in reading in most states during the 1990s, and states have not generally reduced the achievement gap between top and bottom quartiles or between white and minority students. Data are presented in charts and tables for changes in achievement scores in fourth- and eighth-grade mathematics, and in achievement scores in fourth-grade reading. Data are also given showing the change in gap between white and minority student scores in fourth-grade and eighth-grade mathematics and in fourth-grade reading. The report concludes that analysis of student scores by quartiles may bring to light significant progress made by a state even though the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level or higher did not improve. Appendix tables contain summary statistics of scores used in the analysis. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, School Statistics, Scores, Statistical Analysis, Trend Analysis
For full text: http://www.negp.gov/page5.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress