White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 8 Reading

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and it is time to examine a key problem in Kentucky’s schools – the chronic achievement gaps between the state’s white and black students. I already discussed Kentucky’s Grade 4 NAEP white minus…

White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 4 Math

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and it is time to examine a key problem in Kentucky’s schools – the chronic achievement gaps between the state’s white and black students. I already discussed the Grade 4 NAEP reading gap…

White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 4 Reading

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and it is time to examine a key problem in Kentucky’s schools – the chronic achievement gaps between the state’s white and black students. Here is how the NAEP Grade 4 Reading assessment…

Are there issues with the 2017 NAEP’s validity?

As I discussed earlier today, some folks have been raising concerns about the accuracy of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), for which scores just released to the public today. The concerns gained added weight several weeks ago when the Louisiana superintendent of education wrote a letter outlining a contention that NAEP’s switch…

NAEP 2017 – Overall Kentucky’s performance flat to declining

The two tables below were assembled from tools in the National Center for Education Statistics’ NAEP web site. They don’t tell a good tale for Kentucky public education. Generally, after allowing for the statistical sampling error in NAEP, the state’s scores remained flat though the drops in several cases were probably right on the edge…

NAEP First Look – KY White 8th Graders continue to score very low in math

My first foray into the 2017 NAEP results is for Kentucky’s historic worst performance area – Grade 8 Math. This comparison map, generated with the new NAEP Data Explorer web tool shows the state’s white eighth graders were outscored by a statistically significant amount by white eighth graders in almost all the states in the…

Kentucky teachers’ pay compared to the state’s other college graduates – Part 1

Thanks to information in the Postsecondary Feedback Reports from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), Kentuckians have access to some interesting salary data for the state’s college graduates. The following table extracts data from several Postsecondary Feedback Reports issued in 2014 that show how much Kentucky bachelors’ and graduate degree winners in…

Will the 2017 NAEP results have validity issues?

Uh, Oh! There are disturbing indications that there could be some interesting problems brewing for the validity of scores from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), especially for state level results. According to a Chalkbeat article, Louisiana Superintendent John White, as is usual with state education leaders, has already gotten an advanced look…