Kentucky’s white students losing ground in 2017 NAEP – Grade 4 Reading

Without question, one of the more unpleasant surprises for me as I uncase the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results is the disturbing picture for the state’s largest racial group, its white students. Fourth grade reading has been the Bluegrass State’s best performance area on the NAEP for years, and that was true…

News release: New board, reform-minded commissioner offer optimism for closing gaps, improving Ky’s education performance

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr., executive director of Education Policy and Programs in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, as the commonwealth’s interim education commissioner today. Lewis, Ph.D., replaces Stephen Pruitt, who in September 2015 was unanimously approved as the sixth education commissioner in Kentucky’s history.…

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

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and I already discussed Kentucky’s Grade 4 NAEP white minus black students’ reading gap and mathematics gap, and the Grade 8 Reading gap. So, let’s look at Kentucky’s NAEP Grade 8 white minus…

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…