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Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
The latest administration of the assessment provides state-by-state results for 12th graders for the first time. Twelfth graders' reading and mathematics scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have improved only modestly in the past four years, according to results from the latest administration, prompting renewed recognition…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, National Competency Tests, Grade 12
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
At a time when many teenagers are consumed by such activities as text-messaging, blogging, and social networking, more middle and high school students than in the past have mastered the formal "basic" writing skills needed to express ideas or share information, national assessment results released last week show. But just small proportions--33…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Grade 8, Writing Skills, Grade 12
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
When students at Prescott High School sign up to take math as seniors, not all of them will be wading into precalculus or calculus, with in-depth explorations of derivatives and trigonometric functions. Some will instead end up using mathematics to study the Electoral College, or the security of Internet passwords, or how delivery companies ship…
Descriptors: Grade 12, High Schools, Mathematics Education, Secondary School Mathematics
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
The proportion of high school students completing a challenging core curriculum rose significantly between 1990 and 2005--from 31 percent to 51 percent--and students are doing better in their classes than their predecessors did. However, that good news is tempered by other findings in two federal reports. The performance of high school seniors on…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, High Schools, Credits, Grade 12
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Elementary school students have a stronger grasp of U.S. history, and what it means to be a knowledgeable citizen, than they did a few years ago, new test results suggest. Part of the reason they are better informed about history and citizenship, some argue, is that they are better readers. That was the view put forward by U.S. Secretary of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, National Competency Tests, Scores
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2004
A national commission formed to review the future of the 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has recommended that the nation's primary barometer of student performance should expand dramatically to provide mandatory state results on the achievement of 12th graders and to measure their readiness for college, employment,…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 8, Grade 12, National Competency Tests