|10-31-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Mixed Results for New Jersey Schools on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
State continues to rank among the top three on NAEP tests, but ‘proficiency’ levels slipped in a number of areas
Given every two years to a few thousand public school students across the state, the tests dubbed as the “Nation’s Report Card” are a cause of both pride and dismay in New Jersey education circles.
On one hand, New Jersey’s students do as well on the exams — formally the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP — as those in practically any other state.
On the other hand, that’s still not very well.
Star Ledger--N.J. kids are best in the country on this standardized test
New Jersey students tied for the top overall performance on an 8th grade math test given to students in all 50 states, but the state also saw its performance decline on three other exams.
Washington Post--The education conversation we should be having
Alfie Kohn has been writing and speaking about education, human behavior and parenting for more than two decades, writing 14 books and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and journals.
His most recent book was “Schooling Beyond Measure and Other Unorthodox Essays About Education,” which challenges conventional wisdom about education in this country, including whether U.S. schools have really fallen behind those in other countries, as is often said by commentators.
Valerie Strauss| Oct. 30, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. EDT
Education Week--College Readiness Concerns Raised by Latest Round of ACT Scores
The nation’s high school students continue to struggle in the subject areas that are deemed essential for later success, according to the latest ACT results, which show another decline in performance across the four subjects tested, as well as a shrinking proportion of test-takers demonstrating they are prepared for college-level coursework.
Maggie Campbell| October 30, 2019 | Updated: October 30, 2019
Chalkbeat--DeVos uses disappointing national test scores to criticize federal involvement in education, push ‘education freedom’
Results of the national NAEP test aren’t always predictable, but the responses from education leaders and pundits usually are.
Matt Barnum| October 30, 2019