Inflated grades on school report cards: Who are harmed the most?

Just as price inflation can harm individual consumers and businesses and slow economic growth, grade inflation can harm students, schools and slow the growth or advancement of the U.S. education system. Recent studies have found a disquieting trend: grade inflation happens in both high-poverty schools where there is a large proportion of ethnic minority students,

A ‘meh’ year for NAEP

The 2017 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – the biennial test of US student performance in math and reading – were released last week, and the results in both subjects were underwhelming. Fourth and eighth-grade math scores and fourth-grade reading results were unchanged from 2015 with eighth-grade reading showing only the

Diversity in the teacher workforce comes down to retention, not just recruitment

Across the United States, as the growth of the minority student population outpaces that of the white student population, classrooms are becoming more and more diverse. While nonwhite students are now the majority in today’s classroom, this is far from true of the teaching profession. As of the 2011-2012 school year (the most recent data

Closing the achievement gap means closing the word gap

The achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers has been well documented and can start even when students enter their first day of kindergarten.  In the elementary school I taught at in Tulsa, OK, I saw students come in and perform below grade level on their kindergarten benchmark assessment at the

New research: High-stakes tests influence teacher assignment decisions, impacting long-term student achievement

A new study released last month raises potential concerns about the ways in which teacher assignment decisions may impact student achievement. The study, which included data from the Miami-Dade County Public School district between 2003-2012, examined whether less-effective teachers were assigned to untested grades, and how those assignments affect students’ long-term academic achievement. Previous studies