Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools
23 September 2014 The Report Card
Spending way up, scores down
Editor: www.thereportcard.org The NAEP, The Department of Education’s assessment of student performance has been released for 2013, and it’s a disgrace according to The Center for Educational Reform. America spends more per student and achieves less than any developed nation. 74% of 12th graders are not proficient in math and 62% are not proficient in reading. There has been no improvement since the last survey in 2009. The Cato Institute chart reveals the sharp rise is educational spending and the concomitant decline of scores).
Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform (CER), released the following statement upon the release of the 2013 Nation’s Report Card:
“It’s a disgrace and truly incomprehensible that after decades of mediocrity, we celebrate today the fact that only 34 percent of our nation’s 8th graders can read at grade level and only 34 percent are proficient in math.”
“Americans want power and access to data and options. It’s rare to find a policy issue that 86 percent of the country agrees with, but in education, accountability does just that. Today’s release of the 2013 NAEP results proves our lawmakers are just not listening. In fact, two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) rate their elected officials as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ when it comes to education.
“All students can learn and be proficient if we create policies that are centered on them, proven and transformational. Scholarship programs, charters, blended learning or whatever parents and educators choose — innovations in how education is delivered must be embraced.
“It is time to change the power of who drives these decisions and how it is led. Our nation must accelerate the pace of reform in order to become competitive in the global market once again. The stagnant results of NAEP should make us all much more uncomfortable perpetuating excuses.”
The overall proficiency scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in math and reading among 12 graders remained unchanged in 2013 from 2009, hovering at 26 and 38 percent, respectively.
The above results were drawn from a national sample of students, with an additional 14 pilot states that produced results on a state-level basis.
These average proficiency scores ranged from 50 percent in reading among Connecticut students to 28 percent in West Virginia. In math, Massachusetts had the highest score among pilot states at 34 percent, with West Virginia at the lower end of the spectrum, showing 14 percent proficiency.
The stagnation in 12th grade proficiency rates mirrors that of fourth and eighth graders on NAEP assessments, meaning students are not demonstrating meaningful achievement gains as they advance towards the end of their secondary education.
Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform, called the fourth and eighth grade 2013 scores”a disgrace,” upon their release last November.