The NAEP test results are out today.
First off, you might be asking, what is the NAEP? Here’s an answer:
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in public and private schools in the United States know and are able to do in various subjects. Since 1969, NAEP has been a common measure of student achievement across the country in mathematics, reading, science, and many other subjects. Depending on the assessment, NAEP report cards provide national, state, and some district-level results, as well as results for different demographic groups. NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
And, before you read these analyses, I would recommend you read these Twitter threads from researcher Andrew Ho:
In case you missed my threads from Friday and Saturday, here is “Why NAEP Day is important”: https://t.co/bj0krMwG0s
And here is “Three Types of misNAEPery”: https://t.co/eQJda1BwC4
Happy NAEP Day to all, and to all a good night. 13/13
— Andrew Ho (@AndrewDeanHo) October 23, 2022
You can read his threads more easily here, here, and here.
Here are the best analyses of the results that I’ve seen so far:
The detailed data that goes beyond national averages makes this latest report especially worth noting — with links and charts to see the scores in your state or city.https://t.co/D0JcbAsSD3
— Jill Barshay (@jillbarshay) October 24, 2022
thanks @matt_barnum/@Chalkbeat for so carefully breaking down the NAEP results and how to think about themhttps://t.co/JWKGda8RCS
— Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) October 24, 2022
It’s critical to read several recent threads by @AndrewDeanHo about these results along with this article———— Scores Fell in Nearly Every State, and Reading Dipped on National Exam – The New York Times https://t.co/qywkQbAISn
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) October 24, 2022
Two Decades of Progress, Nearly Gone: National Math, Reading Scores Hit Historic Lows is from Ed Week.
But also note this tweet when reading the Ed Week article:
EdWeek with unfortunate reporting on NAEP scores, hinting that changes in scores might correlate with school closures. Correlation is not causation. And NAEP was not built to test causality, not in this manner. Models with a causal warrant can use NAEP data, but they take time.
— Tom Loveless (@tomloveless99) October 24, 2022
These seem like a couple of crucial paragraphs in any debate about declining math and reading scores and the impact of school closures. https://t.co/piqdpEiXmA pic.twitter.com/aacD5XtSCx
— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) October 24, 2022
One thing to keep in mind that although NAEP scores fell by their largest amounts ever in math, they are still *much* higher than in 1990. https://t.co/OClHFN12lF pic.twitter.com/ftnEJRSMEt
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) October 24, 2022
This is the analysis that keeps me on this website. https://t.co/y3u1AdgrCO
— Margaret Thornton, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) (@MaggieEThornton) October 24, 2022
My favorite part of our @USATODAY story on the NAEP score declines is our searchable state by state feature that comes along with it (by @Ramon_Padilla.) See how kids in your state’s schools performed: https://t.co/cWMA5uInOe
— Kayla Jimenez (@kaylajjimenez) October 24, 2022
You might also be interested in a post about a previous year’s NAEP scores: THE HEADLINES YOU SEE TODAY ABOUT NAEP SCORES DON’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY….
In 8th grade, math scores dropped from 282 to 274, a decrease of 2.8%. In a year where millions of families were upended by job loss, hospitalization & death, can we not put a ~3 % loss in perspective? https://t.co/u5AnCnqHqV
— Ilana Horn (@ilana_horn) October 26, 2022
As @AEIeducation‘s @natmalkus shows, US states and districts that returned to “in-person” schooling more quickly had smaller declines in 4th grade NAEP scores, but the relationship is weak, especially for reading, and almost non-existent for 8th graders: https://t.co/Qdjt3qGRKc pic.twitter.com/Sfr4XV555Y
— Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) October 27, 2022
America’s Falling Test Scores and the Power of Parental Anxiety is from The New Yorker.
Pandemic Learning Loss Is Not an Emergency is from The NY Times.
This seems like a reasonable first pass ballpark. One might want to use the confidence intervals from Oster to provide plausible bounds for the propositions. https://t.co/3x2eBA8NQO
— C. Kirabo Jackson (@KiraboJackson) October 28, 2022
Should You Panic Over America’s Test Scores? is from Slate.