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How To Spin The Latest Report Results

Url Let the spinning and bloviating begin!

The CEP just put out a big report on state test score increases since 2002 (here), with comparisons to NAEP results.

Chairman Miller responds below.

Your basic options would seem to be:

(a) Test results mean nothing, I tell you.
(b) These results aren't all that good, really.
(c) NCLB works!
(d) I question the motives of all involved.

UPDATE:  NEA presser below

Chairman Miller Statement on New Report Showing Student Gains in Reading and Math


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement on a new report on trends in state test scores released today by the Center on Education Policy.  The report shows that, since 2002, students’ state test scores in reading and math have increased, and that that progress has been made in narrowing the student achievement gap, among other things.

“It’s encouraging that our nation’s students are making improvements in reading and math – the building blocks that lay the foundation for a solid education. It’s also good news that the achievement gap between students has generally continued to narrow, especially for low-income and African-American students. This report shows that states’ and schools’ hard work to raise student achievement is beginning to pay off, and they deserve great credit for this progress.

“However, this report also shows we have a long way to go in order to make sure that every student in America gets the kind of education that prepares them for success in college and for 21st century jobs.  We need to help our students not only master the basics, but also the complex, critical thinking skills they will need in today’s increasingly global economy. We need to do more to recruit top teachers into the classrooms and subject areas that need them the most, and provide all teachers with the support and resources they need and deserve. And we need to provide states and schools with the fairness, the flexibility and the funding needed to truly improve education in a meaningful way.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez

June 24, 2008                                                                (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org


NEA Comments on CEP Report Tracking Student Achievement Since NCLB

Weaver: Despite No Child Left Behind, educators and states' efforts are making a difference


WASHINGTON-A report released today by the Center on Education Policy examined student achievement data since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind law, noting a positive shift in the achievement gaps and state test scores. Although the report detected some shifting in reading and mathematics test scores in some states, the authors strongly caution against jumping to any conclusions about the impact NCLB may be having on student test scores because of efforts many states and local school districts had undertaken to improve student achievement prior to NCLB.


The caution noted in the report is in line with a report by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University in June 2006, which concluded that NCLB did not have a significant impact on improving reading and math achievement across the nation and states, and it had not helped significantly narrow the achievement gap.


The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Reg Weaver:


"The report seems to confirm that despite six years of being saddled with the fundamentally flawed and overly prescriptive federal No Child Left Behind law, educators, school administrators and local school districts are making a difference in increasing student achievement.


"Imagine what would happen to student test scores if educators and local school districts didn't have to teach in the test, label and punish regime established under NCLB. Think for a second about what would happen if the law didn't force educators to view students as standardized test scores.


"The American public is ready for a new era in K-12 education, one that prepares all students for success with 21st century skills and the critical knowledge to succeed in our changing world, and gives educators the freedom to teach every child."


For additional information, please visit: www.nea.org


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3.2  million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


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How about simply:

e) Scores are up? That's good. Nice work, everyone. (http://www.aft.org/presscenter/releases/2008/062408a.htm)

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