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States: States Making NAEP Progress (Some More Than Others)

Naep-fig-3At the risk of committing mis-NAEPery, check out this chart (via Urban Institute) showing how state NAEP scores have progressed since 2003 -- adjusted and unadjusted.

As explained by Vox's Libby Nelson, "Hawaii made a dramatic leap between 2003 and 2013 that should at least in part offset concerns about its still-low adjusted scores. And Massachusetts continues to be a standout, with the best scores with or without the demographic adjustment, and one of the biggest leaps in adjusted scores between 2003 and 2013 — even though in 2003 it already had some of the best schools in the country." ("These are the states that really have the best schools in the US)


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Two important caveats arise when looking through this: (1) Mr. Chingos's conclusions are based on data for 4th-grade mathematics, which I argue to be perhaps the least significant NAEP data set he could have chosen, since (a) gains in primary school test scores have been generally wiped out by 12th grade in recent NAEP testing, and the competences accrued by 12th grade are by and large the ones Americans carry around with them for the rest of their lives, and (b) mathematics is less important for subsequent schooling success at that young age than is reading; and (2) even if a state like Nevada is getting more effective at teaching its changing demographic, will that attract a family like mine, or like the many Asian families pouring into Irvine (where I live), raising housing prices, and very likely to leave the large numbers of mildly educationally improved Latinos in the dust, socioeconomically speaking, until it comes time to hire gardeners for the parks around here, to move to Nevada?

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