SO HOW IS COMMON CORE WORKING OUT? NEWLY RELEASED NAEP SCORES TELL THE TALE

Apr 10, 2018 by

“So How Is Common Core Working Out? Newly Released NAEP Scores Tell the Tale”

By Donna Garner

4.8.18

 

Every two years, a percentage of our country’s 4th and 8th grade public and private school students are tested in math and reading. This national test is called the NAEP. The 2017 NAEP results were released last night.

 

 

In June 2010, the Obama administration let the public know what was in the Common Core Standards.  By 2011-2012, Kentucky was the first state to start giving Common Core assessments with 44 other states following shortly thereafter.

 

 

 

It is fair to say then that Common Core standards, curriculum, and assessments have been embedded in U. S. schools for over five or six years. This means that when students in Grade 4 took the NAEP 2017 assessment, they had already been thoroughly inundated with Common Core while 8th graders who took the NAEP 2017 had spent a large percentage of their school days being heavily influenced by Common Core.  

 

 

With all of that Common Core instruction and the billions of dollars that the Obama administration has spent on Race to the Top and to pay for the implementation of Common Core Standards across the nation, how have our school students benefitted?

 

BOTTOM LINE:  Compared to NAEP 2015, there was a 1-point increase in the average reading score at grade 8 in 2017, but no significant change in the average score for reading at grade 4 or for mathematics at either grade.  (https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2017_highlights/)

 

The 2017 NAEP was the first time the test was administered digitally (i.e., students logged their answers on computerized tablets instead of paper and pencil).  Some 298,000 fourth graders and 268,800 eighth graders took the NAEP in public and private schools nationwide.

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THE NATION’S REPORT CARD — The results from 2017 NAEP reading and math assessments (Grades 4 and 8 in all 50 states, D. C., Puerto Rico, and Dept. of Defense) are reported for public and private students in the nation and are compared to results from previous years.

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NAEP was taken by students between January through March of 2017. This was the first time students throughout the nation had taken the NAEP by utilizing tablet computers instead of paper and pencil.

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The results for the 2017 NAEP (a.k.a., Trial Urban Districts –TUDA) are reported for public school students in 27 participating districts for Grades 4 and 8 Mathematics and Reading. Participating in NAEP is generally voluntary; however, schools are required to participate if they are receiving federal Title I funding that is aimed at helping students who struggle financially.

NAEP 2017, GRADES 4 AND 8, MATHEMATICS AND READING RESULTS – URBAN DISTRICTS

Compared to 2015, there was a 1-point increase in the average reading score at grade 8 in 2017, but no significant change in the average score for reading at grade 4 or for mathematics at either grade.

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In comparison to 2015, the urban schools’ 2017 mathematics and reading scores were higher for eighth-graders performing at the 75th and 90th percentiles and lower for fourth-graders performing at the 10th and 25th percentiles.

 

[This means that the lower-performing 4th graders are suffering under Common Core instruction, and the 8th graders are showing no significant gains.]

 

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2017 NAEP urban STATE-LEVEL RESULTS: No significant score changes compared to 2015 for most states

 

Across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense schools, and Puerto Rico (in mathematics only), average scores for most states were unchanged from 2015 in both subjects and at both grades.

In reading at grade 4, average scores did not increase in any state/jurisdiction; and scores decreased in nine states/jurisdictions. In eighth-grade reading, 10 states/jurisdictions had score increases; and one state, Montana, had a score decrease compared to 2015.

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2017 naep urban DISTRICT-LEVEL RESULTS

 

Most changes in scores across districts (compared to 2015) were seen in grade 4 mathematics, where four districts (Duval County (FL), Fresno, Miami-Dade, and San Diego) had increases; and four districts (Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Dallas, and Detroit) had decreases in scores compared to 2015.

In grade 8 mathematics, Philadelphia had a decrease in its average score. In grade 4 reading, San Diego had a score increase; and in grade 8 reading, Albuquerque and Boston had increases in scores compared to 2015.

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2017 naep urban ACHIEVEMENT-LEVEL RESULTS ACROSS JURISDICTIONS

 

Percentage at or above Proficient varies across states and districts.

 

Examining the range of students at or above the Proficient achievement level provides a snapshot of performance differences across the country.

Achievement levels are performance standards that describe what students should know and be able to do. Results are reported as percentages of students performing at or above three achievement levels (Basic, Proficient, and Advanced).

Students performing at or above the Proficient level on NAEP assessments demonstrate solid academic performance and competency over challenging subject matter.

[The National Center for Education Statistics which administers NAEP has explained that “proficient” means “Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.”  Some have stated that proficiency is a much harder goal to reach than being on grade level is.]

In grade 4 mathematics:  Nationally, 40% of public school students were at or above Proficient in grade 4 mathematics.

In grade 4 reading:  Nationally, 35% of public school students were at or above Proficient in grade 4 reading.

 

In grade 8 mathematics:  Nationally, 33% of public school students were at or above Proficient in grade 8 mathematics.

  • In grade 8 reading:  Nationally, 35% of public school students were at or above Proficient in grade 8 reading.

 

[Simply stated, among Grade 4 students in the public schools where Common Core controls the reading and math instructional materials, 1 out of 3 tested out on the 2017 NAEP as being equipped to be successful in Grade 5. This leaves 2 out of 3 students unequipped for success in Grade 5. The Grade 8 students followed a similar pattern. This is proof that Common Core has been a dismal failure and is setting millions of students up for failure.]

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2017 NAEP  MATH REPORT CARD – GRADES 4 AND 8

National: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/math_2017/#nation/scores?grade=4

State:  https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/math_2017/#states/scores?grade=4  

District: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/math_2017/#/districts/scores?grade=4   

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NAEP 2017 READING REPORT CARD — GRADES 4 AND 8

 

National:  https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2017/#nation/scores?grade=4

 

State:  https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2017/#states/scores?grade=4

 

District:  https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2017/#districts/scores?grade=4

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