Improving Student Achievement: What State Naep Test Scores Tell Us

Improving Student Achievement: What State Naep Test Scores Tell Us

Improving Student Achievement: What State Naep Test Scores Tell Us

Improving Student Achievement: What State Naep Test Scores Tell Us

Synopsis

Fifty states, fifty different educational policies and practices. Which practices are best? The authors find that state test scores differ mainly due to population and family characteristics, not because of different schools or policies. This analysis has been long awaited by the 4.1 million educators in the K-12 system nationwide.

Excerpt

Great efforts have been made to improve the nation's public K-12 educational system since the early 1980s. States have been the primary initiators of this educational reform. States have leverage to reform education because they provide approximately one-half of educational funding to typical school districts in the nation and set policies that influence who teaches and what is taught. Furthermore, state courts also playa key role in deciding whether educational funds are adequate and equitably distributed. Even before 1980, the states had diverse educational systems that varied widely in terms of per-pupil spending, resource allocation, and educational policies. Reforms that have been initiated since then have varied widely by state in terms of the pace and types of reform, ensuring a continuing widely diverse set of educational systems across states.

Having 50 states taking different approaches to education can provide a powerful advantage in the long run if research and evaluation can identify successful and unsuccessful approaches. Identifying what works, in turn, can help states refine and adapt successful policies in a continual and ongoing process of improving education. Evaluating the effects of different levels of resources, different uses of resources, and changing state policies then becomes critical to improving schools and student outcomes.

Perhaps the single most important reason to analyze achievement results across states is to find out whether public education is amenable to reform and improvement. The crux of the current policy debate about school reform is whether the K-12 system of public education is “reformable.” Those who argue it is not maintain that . . .

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