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A national test called the “Trial Urban District Assessment” administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) finds that over the last two years, fourth and eighth graders in the country’s large cities have made progress in mathematics. On the other hand, some schools in urban districts maintained sluggish progression and fell behind other school districts drastically.

In 2009, scores were higher for fourth graders in Boston, the District of Columbia and for eighth graders in Austin and San Diego. Other school districts that saw much improvement in math scores are Miami-Dade and New York City, which were higher at the fourth grade level.

According to the national test, the school districts that did not see any improvement in Math NAEP scores were school districts in Atlanta, Baltimore City, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fresno, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. All school districted named earlier had lower scores at both the fourth and eighth grade levels.

For more information about the national test “Trial Urban District Assessment,” visit http://nationsreportcard.gov/math_2009/district_summ.asp?tab_id=tab2&subtab_id=Tab_1#chart and let NSSEA know your thoughts.

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Today, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation issued a new report containing its grade for the recently released ‘Common Core’ academic standards by The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (CBP) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSCO). The think tank gave the academic standards a grade of B in both language arts and mathematics. The foundation evaluated the common core standards on two-point scales that focused on “content and rigor” and “clarity and specificity.”

 When compared to other international and national academic standards, The ‘Common Core’ standards received one of the highest grades from the foundation. The other national and international academic standards were released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Here is a break down of the grades earned from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation:

  • Common Core Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening: B
  • Common Core Mathematics: B
  • NAEP Reading: B and NAEP Writing: B
  • NAEP Mathematics: C
  • TIMSS Mathematics: A
  • PISA Mathematics: D
  • PISA Reading: D

 Read the report and tell us what you think about the foundation’s evaluation of the ‘Common Core’ academic standards? Let NSSEA know your thoughts!

 For more information about the new report, visit: http://edexcellence.net/doc/20091008_NationalStandards.pdf.

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has presented a discussion draft to the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees policies for NAEP. The draft will discuss the framework for the National Assessment of Technological Literacy. It will be the first of its kind to assess students’ ability to understand and use a range of technological tools. 

 The assessment will also evaluate students’ understanding of the different types of technology tools, their design and the different ways the tools can be used to gather information and stimulate ideas.

 The computer-based assessment is scheduled to be given in 2012 for the first time, to a representative sample of 4th, 8th and 12th graders.

For more information visit: www.nagb.org.

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