Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | IN 60 SECONDS

Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | IN 60 SECONDS


The nation just got its report card, and
the marks aren’t great. NAEP is the only test that allows you to compare scores
across states, demographics, and over time, and as the best indicator of our
students performance, it’s often called The Nation’s Report Card. Recently
released 2017 NAEP results show that fourth and eighth graders’ math and
reading scores were mostly flat. That doesn’t sound so bad, but after a peak in
2013, reading and math scores dipped in 2015… for the first time ever… after two
decades of steady gains. The latest results confirmed that our progress has
stalled. But the details add to the story. The scores of the poorest performing
students were lower this year than in 2015, and high performers’ scores were even
higher, meaning the gap between them is growing, leaving our most challenged
students further behind. Though concerning, these scores can’t tell us
why performance is flat, and anyone using them to do so is selling something. But
like any report card, NAEP can serve as a wake-up call that
there’s plenty of hard work ahead. What do you think about the latest round of scores on The Nation’s Report Card? Let us know in your comments. Also, let us
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8 thoughts on “Poor marks on The Nation’s Report Card | IN 60 SECONDS

  1. Isn't this the prediction Charles Murray put forward in coming apart? The most talented and gifted segregate themselves even more from the least able and unlucky.

  2. Too many activist teachers that are more worried about indoctrinating our kids than they are about teaching the three R’s.

  3. Are there other variables? Do the tests change year by year? When I was in school, it seemed like a lot of those standardized tests were being dumbed down.

  4. Please cover how nations like the U.K. and Germany put the onus of education on the students themselves with their comprehensive exams. When students feel responsible for their own education, they seek out the teachers and schools that prepare them to move forward. Those who don't thrive academically are often placed in vocational training thereby alleviating the academic classes of disinterested pupils.

  5. how about we narrow our focus for general education. for instance, limit pubic school subjects to reading, writing, math, civics, and critical thinking. could maybe add basic science in there too. but we have way too many subjects we expect every student to learn. leave subjects like physics, calculus, foriegn languages, "social" studies, world history to those who will need that stuff for their career (i.e. let colleges teach this) basically, only focus on what EVERYBODY needs to know for everyday life. let the other subjects be elective or religated to colleges. also, we should get apprentice programs going. not everyone needs to or should go to college, most ore more likely to succeed without it.

  6. Growth must stop at some point, and why wouldn't the highest achieving pupils be the ones with more room for growth? The US school system may have reached its peak.

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