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Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
When the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress was released earlier this year, most states learned that their average scores in grades 4 and 8 reading and mathematics remained relatively flat since 2015. More troubling though, students performing at the lowest 10th and 25th percentiles saw a decline in their scores. To confront this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Growth Models, Low Achievement, Accountability
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Greene, Jay P.; Huffman, Kevin – Education Next, 2017
Since the 2001 passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), test-based accountability has been an organizing principle--perhaps "the" organizing principle--of efforts to improve American schools. But lately, accountability has been under fire from many critics, including Common Core opponents and those calling for more multifaceted…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests
Arellano, Amber; Lenhoff, Sarah W.; Jacobs, Drew – Education Trust-Midwest, 2012
An honest look at public education in Michigan reveals both hopeful and dismal news. While their state has taken a few bold steps in the past year to improve their education system, their students still lag far behind their peers nationally, and the performance gaps between them -- across income level and race -- are both alarming and persistent.…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Cutting Scores