“Coal is not only a vital national resource, but coal mining also supports thousands of Kentucky families. These arbitrary changes in EPA guidelines cause unnecessary and costly delays in permitting, which compromise jobs and investments. It’s time for the EPA to end these unpredictable policy swings and work with us on a reasonable policy that protects our families.”
WFPL reported yesterday on the new National Assessment of Educational Progress eighth grade science results for 2011. Among other things, the on line article includes a map similar to this one which shows Kentucky’s performance on NAEP Grade 8 Science did not improve between 2009 and 2011 testing while a number of states did increase their scores.
Map from Page 1 in 2011 NAEP Science Report Card
As a consequence, the national average for the “all students” score got a point closer to Kentucky between 2009 and 2011.
Our very own Dick Innes, Education Analyst for the Bluegrass Institute, was interviewed for today’s report from WFPL Louisville on the newest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in science.
In the report, Innes comments on the discrepancy in science scores between Kentucky and the rest of the nation. While many states have put less emphasis on science in the classroom:
“Kentucky didn’t do that,” said Innes. “We kept on with science in our assessment program, which told our schools, science is important and we don’t want you to forget to teach it,” he said.
Despite Kentucky’s above-average science scores, Innes reminds readers that one must compare apples to apples when making judgements on student performance. See here for more on this important issue from Dick Innes.
The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Science Assessment results have been released, and when you look at overall scores across states, Kentucky is ahead of the national average.
Sadly, that isn’t true for by far our largest student group, our white students.
This first map (created with the Main NAEP Data Explorer) shows how our white students, who comprised 84% of the students in Kentucky in 2011, compared to white students in other states around the country. States and jurisdictions shown in green outscored our white kids by a statistically significant amount. States in tan tied us, and only four states shown in salmon color got scores statistically significantly below our whites.
Our educators always want to play the poverty card, so here is another map that shows results only for white students who were eligible for the federal free and reduced cost lunch program.
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