student achievement

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    Greene: The New “Causal” Research on School Spending is Not Causal

    Jay Greene’s analysis of a new Journal of Public Economics study of spending and student performance is a must-read.  Professor Greene writes, Some researchers and journalists have become very excited about a new set of studies that claim to find a causal relationship between increasing school spending and improving student outcomes. …
    Terry Stoops, February 25, 2020
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    Achievement gaps “have been large and remarkably constant for a near half century”

    In their new NBER study, “The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance,” Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, M. Danish Shakeel, Laura Talpey and Ludger Woessmann conclude, Two startling results emerge from this analysis of long-term trends in student achievement gaps and levels across the SES distribution. First,…
    Terry Stoops, February 17, 2020
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    Grading standards matter

    In a recent Fordham Institute study, Seth Gershenson of American University examined Algebra I grades and test scores from North Carolina public school students to determine if tougher grading standards raised student test scores and produced other positive outcomes.  He summarizes his findings for EducationNext: Students assigned to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
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    PISA results show little progress for U.S. schools

    The OECD administers the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests to 15-year-old students from around the world, and results from the 2018 tests were released today.  The United States is stuck in a rut. Students in the United States performed above the OECD average in reading (505…
    Terry Stoops, December 3, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Reactions

    Whenever you hear complaints about Innovative School District and charter schools (particularly virtual charter schools) that earn low school performance grades, remember that those grades “fail to account for the many factors that contribute to, and greatly inhibit overall student success.”…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Title I schools that excelled

    Title I schools have a high concentration of disadvantaged students and receive additional funds from the federal government to serve them. Below is a list of Title I schools that received an A or B grade for the performance of economically disadvantaged students (subgroup) on state standardized tests. District…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Chaos in Providence, RI schools

    A report published by Johns Hopkins University researchers has revealed a mess in Providence public schools, and it has been the talk of the education reform community since its release. A Providence Journal article calls it “heartbreaking,” but a better word is “appalling.”  “Heartbreaking” suggests that the district was…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2019