A bad week for standardized testing … and bad results from standardized tests.

This week, for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam.

The results weren’t pretty: “Results from national math and reading tests show slipping or stagnant scores for the nation’s schoolkids.”



And, it’s even worse than it sounds.

Let’s cut to the chase …


Among the findings:

  • 36 percent of fourth graders were at or above the proficient level in reading, about the same as 2013.
  • But, only 34 percent of eighth-grade students were proficient or better in reading, a two-point drop.
  • 40 percent of fourth-grade students were at or above proficiency in math this year. That’s down two points from 2013, and marks the first decline for that measure since 1990.
  • For eighth graders, only 33 percent of students were proficient or better in math, also a two-point decline.
  • There were no significant changes in the achievement gap for reading between white students and their black and Hispanic peers.

The responses from Federal officials would be funny if the situation weren’t so serious.


President Obama called for a reduction in standardized testing.

Yep, let’s not measure so much, it’s taking the fun out of learning.

“The administration’s acknowledgment that it had helped create the problem, saying it did particular damage by encouraging states to evaluate teachers in part on test scores.”

A win for the teachers’ union; a loss for accountability.


Out-going Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged parents, teachers, and others not to panic.

“We should expect scores in this period to bounce around some, and I think that a Common Core ‘implementation dip’ is part of what we’re seeing here.”

“I would caution everyone to be careful about drawing conclusions.”

Say, what?

Do you think there would have been a victory dance if the scores had gone up?

I do.


The NAEP tests, also known as the “nation’s report card,” don’t align completely with Common Core, but NAEP officials said there was “quite a bit” of overlap between the tests and the college-ready standards.

Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers opined:

“One year does not make a trend . We set this new goal for the country of college and career readiness for all kids. Clearly, these results today show we’re not quite there yet and we have some work to do.”

Not quite there yet?

Memo to Chris: “A first-ever drop in math scores.”

We’re heading in the wrong direction.



Correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t this end of the 7th year of this the Administration?

Don’t they own these results?

Perhaps. it’s more than an “implementation dip”




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