Reminder: Next Common Core Commission meeting is November 13th.
That is a FRIDAY and not the usual meeting day, which is the third Monday of the month.
ICYMI: On Wednesday, I joined Elliot Engstrom on Freedom Action Radio to talk a bit about education. Click here!
North Carolina’s public schools produced remarkable increases in fourth- and eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading scores in the 1990s and early 2000s. With the exception of eighth-grade reading, North Carolina’s average scale scores exceeded the national average during this period. But the state’s math and reading scores have been stagnant since 2009 or so.
This year, North Carolina’s average fourth-grade math score, while higher than the national average, was not significantly different than the 2013 score. There was a significant, three-point drop in the state’s average eighth-grade math score compared to two years ago.
On the other hand, there was a significant and impressive increase in the state’s average fourth-grade reading score, which was four points higher in 2015 than it was in 2013 and is higher than the national average. North Carolina’s average eighth-grade reading score, however, dropped by four points.
The bottom line is that there were impressive gains in fourth-grade reading and no gains or declines in the other three tested grades and subjects.
What makes this year’s results even more noteworthy is that they may indicate the relative success or failure of the Common Core State Standards. North Carolina and many other states adopted Common Core in 2010 and began implementing the math and English Language Arts standards soon after. Unlike eighth-grade students, whose schooling began four years before the adoption of Common Core, fourth-grade students have known no other standards. For better or worse, this year’s NAEP results are a litmus test for the efficacy of Common Core.
Now, juxtapose this article with that of DPI’s official Press Release, which promotes one increase while the other three areas went down. I’ll have more on the NAEP scores in a separate article.
More: NC eighth grade scores down, but fourth grade reading scores up
And: What Would Happen if CCSS Were Scrutinized as an Experimental Drug Application? Would These Standards Be Pulled From the Shelves Due to NAEP Results?
Also: NAEP Scores Down Since Common Core Implementation
Related: Obama’s ‘Testing Cap’ Comes At Convenient Political Moment
Remember everyone holding Kentucky up as a shining example of ‘Common Core’ working? Yeah… not so much now.
• The NAEP “All Student” Scale Scores indicate there has been no statistically significant improvement in Kentucky’s performance in either reading or math in either the fourth or the eighth grade since the year before Kentucky adopted the Common Core State Standards.
• If Common Core had impacts in Kentucky, they are too small for the NAEP to confidently detect them.
• Given that Kentucky has more experience with Common Core than any other state – including more years of state Common Core testing, which started back in the 2011-12 school year – the state’s flat performance in “All Student” scores is of concern well beyond the Bluegrass State’s borders.
#4 – 1.5 million current and former student SSNs at risk says MO Auditor
Related: Business Owner Finds NC State Websites Vulnerable
Also: HB 401 seeks to expand data collection, access to student data
And: Parents, Are You Watching Data Collection Expansion Bills #HB401 and #HB767?
#8 – Rep. Holloway Is Latest GOPer to Leave #NCGA (See where he is going)
#9 – Parents Upset After Bus Drops Elementary Kids Off 2 Hours Late
The parents involved called the school and got no answer, drove to the school and found no one and WCPSS transportation got back to them after their kid finally got home:
A WCPSS transportation manager later called the families to notify them of the late bus, but Santos says it came after her son was already home.
“The system is just broken. It’s just not working. It’s not acceptable for me to not know where my 8 year old is until 6:30 at night,” she said.
Last, but definitely not least…