Reports Find ‘Small Gains’ After Common Core Implementation
Are the Common Core state standards responsible for the rise in NAEP and ACT scores found in Kentucky? It may be too early to tell.
According to two recent studies, “student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and on the ACT in Kentucky have risen slightly during the years in which many schools implemented Common Core State Standards,” said an article on USNews.com. “Researchers say it is too early to tell whether there is a connection between the improvement in scores and the Common Core.”
“Two studies released this week – one from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy and the other from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research – showed small gains on students’ scores nationally on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and in Kentucky on the ACT,” the article said. “But it hasn’t been determined whether those gains can be attributed to the Common Core standards, which most states only fully implemented within the last one to two years.”
According to the article, “some supporters of the standards have said in the past that it’s too soon to measure the impact of Common Core and that national exams such as NAEP only test every other year – 2011 and 2013, for example – when implementation arguably wasn’t very far along. Students also have been making incremental gains in reading and math on the NAEP exam for years.”