Misreading the reading report card

The national reading report card has been misread, writes Chad Aldeman on The Quick and the Ed.

. . . because NAEP has gradually included more black and Hispanic students, and black and Hispanic students score lower, on average, than white students, the total score doesn’t reflect the true gains made by each group.

. . . Each group has actually made greater gains over time than the overall total. White students increase 11 points, one more than the national average. Black students scored 23 points higher, and Hispanic students were scoring 24 points higher in 2008 than they were in 1975 despite quadrupling in size. In other words, the white-black and white-Hispanic gaps are closing and every group is scoring higher, but the national score is showing more modest improvements because of demographic changes.

He’s got charts!

The worst readers are making the most progress, as I pointed out in an earlier post.

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  1. Excellent! I’ve been noticing the same thing, but haven’t gotten to doing the hard work of creating the charts. Now maybe I can just point to his.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    Aren’t the scores broken out by race. Whites have been going sideways for a long time. I doubt if there has been any real progress.

  3. Yes, these reports are always misread, aren’t they? Becasue they couldn’t possibly be true, you know.

  4. If it’s right, this is good news.


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