The latest NAEP scores indicate a very troubled education system, and eliminating standardized tests certainly won’t solve the problem.
On the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or “nation’s report card,” test scores in both reading and math declined for 13-year-old students, the first drop registered in 50 years. The test showed that the decline was concentrated among the lowest performing students. Peggy Carr, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, who has been working with these data for 28 years, was shocked to see the decline. “I had to ask the question again of my staff. Are you sure?’ I asked them to go back and check,” she said.
It’s important to note that this test was given in early 2020, right before
the pandemic-related shutdowns in the spring. At that point, then
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos granted a blanket, one-year “accountability waiver.”
But in February 2021, with the Biden Administration in place, new
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said he’d “require states to
administer the federally mandated tests in the spring, with an asterisk:
They had the option of giving shorter, remote, or delayed versions.”.......To Read More....