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Taking the Long View, NAEP Scores Are Actually Way Up

Chad Aldeman of Bellwether Education Partners has written a piece at their blog, Ahead of the Heard, in which he provides background information in advance of the NAEP scores release this week. At the macro level, the view is quite good.
In anticipation of new NAEP scores coming out this week, I thought it would be useful to spend some time reflecting beforehand on what we know on a macro scale. So rather than focus on year-year-changes or commit other sins of misNAEPery, I’m using datafrom the NAEP Long-Term Trend data series, which goes back to 1971 for reading and 1973 for math. Here are the scale score gains, on a 500-point scale, over the last four decades (* signifies statistically significant):
Chad Aldeman
Chad Aldeman is an associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where he has worked on the Policy and Thought Leadership team since 2012, advising clients and writing on teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and college- and career-readiness. He also serves as editor for ...

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