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June 23, 2020

Will the 2021 Nation's Report Card Be Another Coronavirus Casualty?

The congressionally mandated tests dubbed the "Nation's Report Card," have measured the progress of U.S. students in reading and math for five decades, come fire, flood, and budget cuts. But the combination of a global pandemic and nationwide economic instability could throw off the 2021 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

October 30, 2019

'No Progress' Seen in Reading or Math on Nation's Report Card

"Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance, and the lowest-performing students are doing worse," Peggy Carr, the associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, said of the latest national assessment results.

August 21, 2019

States Raise 'Proficient' Bar on Tests in Last 10 Years, Study Finds

Most states have raised their expectations for what constitutes proficiency on state math and reading tests in the last decade, according to a new study.

June 25, 2019

For High-Performing, Low-Income Students, Taking a College Admission Test for Free Could Be a Game-Changer

Virginia researchers find universal free admissions testing can boost the pool of college-going students by 20 percent to 40 percent.

January 23, 2019

Test Supports for Students With Disabilities Vary From Year to Year

For students with disabilities, test accommodations can make the difference in their ability to show what they know. But a new study suggests a getting such supports one year is no guarantee of help the next year.

December 20, 2018

For Black Students, Having a Black Teacher Can Be a Benefit, Study Finds

Research shows improvement for black and low-performing students in reading and math when matched with a teacher of color.

April 28, 2018

Pitfalls and Progress in Moving from Paper- to Computer-Based Testing

Massachusetts has been part of the transition from print to online in several state, national, and international tests. A new study looks at how moving from print to computer-based testing affected its students in the first few years.

April 07, 2018

The Nation's Report Card Is Due. Here's What We'll Learn And What We Definitely Won't

With the scores for America's 4th and 8th graders not out until Tuesday, a variety of education watchers are already trying to decide what to think of the results. Here's a quick rundown of the most interesting indicators to watch, and misconceptions to avoid.

December 06, 2016

U.S. Treads Water in PISA Results for Science, Math, Reading

U.S. teenagers have flatlined in international assessments of science and reading, and declined in math.

November 29, 2016

International Tests Show Rising, But Mixed, Math and Science Performance

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study releases new results for 2015.

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