Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Education Report Highlights Progress under Standards Based Reform by States

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Education Report Highlights Progress under Standards Based Reform by States

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WASHINGTON

According to a recent study, Black and Hispanic fourth-graders are beginning to narrow the achievement gap between themselves and their White counterparts. "Quality Counts 2006," a national education report released earlier this month by the publisher of Education Week, found that math scores for the two groups had jumped 27.7 points and 24.2 points, respectively, from 1992 to 2005. The gains illustrate the positive relationship between state efforts to conduct standards-based education and student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests, say Education Week officials.

Researchers affiliated with the Editorial Projects in Education organization worked with the Educational Testing Service to produce this year's "Quality Counts" report. The organization has produced the report since 1997.

The report, unveiled this month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., found that state initiatives to establish "standards, tests and accountability systems in education are positively related with gains on NAEP reading and math tests in grades 4 and 8 from 1996 to 2005." However, the analysis showed a negative relationship between state implementation of policies related to teacher quality and gains in math and reading scores. …

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