(Updated with Added Discussion)
One of the big shocks in the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was the dramatic rise in fourth grade performance for the State of Mississippi. Whether we look at overall average student scores or break it down by performance for whites and blacks, the two predominant racial groups in Kentucky’s schools, the NAEP data for Mississippi is getting lots of attention.
I’ve already written a blog about this with graphs like this one that show what has happened over time.
However, there always seems to be more to almost any education story, and a Thomas B. Fordham Institute post from Todd Collins, Mississippi rising? A partial explanation for its NAEP improvement is that it holds students back, provides a case in point.