2015 NAEP Scores Underscore Importance of Clear, Consistent Learning Goals
Statement from Collaborative for Student Success Executive Director Karen Nussle:
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) – In response to the new data released this morning from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success, issued the following statement:
“The results of this year’s National Assessment of Education Progress underscore the importance of clear, consistent learning goals and assessments that raise the bar for all students. While this snapshot is disappointing, it would be a mistake to equate these results with a long-term trend. Many states have been, and continue to be, in a major state of transformation in education – three quarters of states only began fully implementing higher standards barely a year ago; the vast majority of states are focused on supporting teachers in developing new curriculum to meet those standards; and almost every state is working to implement new, 21st Century tests to measure student progress. In the midst of this, declining scores should not be a surprise, as many states have seen on their own state assessments scores.
It’s also important to note that there are remarkable bright spots in the NAEP data – most noticeably in 4th grade reading. In Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and the District of Columbia, progress on 4th grade reading shows that when educators and policymakers focus on a specific goal (in this case making sure kids are reading by 3rd grade), that can have remarkable impact.”