This sequence of tweets from education researcher Kirabo Jackson (You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson) seem pretty important to me. He points out that while test scores might not be increasing rapidly, that “slow” growth coincides with a substantial reduction of the drop-out rates across all ethnic groups. So, the overall student population taking the tests now has different, and more challenging, characteristics than the student population who formerly took the test:
THIS is why worrying about slow growth in average NAEP scores among 17-year olds is misguided: Hint: Dropout rates have been falling. pic.twitter.com/whb0gptYE7
We’re not all teaching in Oklahoma, where school budgets have been particularly hit hard and where a teacher has received a lot of media attention for begging on the roadside for money to purchase supplies.
But, wherever we teach, it’s a safe bet we’ll be spending some of our money to get ready for the new school year.