What you probably never heard before
A disturbing thing happened over time to Kentucky’s black students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Math assessments. It’s not a happy story, but it sure is enlightening.
Way back in 1990, the NAEP conducted its first ever state assessment. The lone subject evaluated was Grade 8 Math. And, Kentucky’s blacks ranked at the top. Overall, the NAEP Data Explorer’s statistical significance tools list Kentucky’s blacks in sixth place out of all the states that got black scores reported in 1990. After considering the sampling errors in the NAEP scores, it turns out no state scored statistically significantly higher than Kentucky.
Flash forward to 2017, and my how time have changed. When the NAEP Data Explorer rank orders state scores for 2017, Kentucky now has sunk to 37th place out of the 40 states and the District of Columbia systems that have black scores reported.
This by any measure, is a huge decay. For more details on how this slide looked over time, click the “Read more” link.