Ed Sector: High standards help low achievers

High Standards Help Struggling Students, argues Education Sector in a new report. Using NAEP data, Connie Clark and Peter Cookson Jr. compare “below basic” students in states with low and high standards in 2003 and 2011.

In fourth-grade math, the percentage of below basic students, on average, declined 26 percent among high-standards states and 20 percent in low-standards states. In reading, the decline was narrower, with a 10 percent reduction in high-standards states, and 9 percent in low-standards states.

In eighth-grade math, the reduction in the percentage of below basic students was 23 percent in high-standards states. In low-standards states, the decline was 14 percent. In eighth grade reading, the decline was 10 percent in both cases.

A state’s economic health had no effect on the achievement gap, Clark and Cookson found.

States do not need to dilute Common Core State Standards or set lower expectations to help low achievers, the report concludes.

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  1. Florida resident says:

    Dear Ms. Jacobs !
    “Thw New Yorker” magazine has published large
    (10 pages) aricle in its Nov. 19, 2012 issue
    by someone David Denby with the title
    ” PUBLIC DEFENDER.
    Dianne Ravitch takes on a movement. ”

    Now, when I read it in full:
    The writer, a guy, living in Manhattan (in a rent-controlled appartment, apparently inherited from parents, since it is impossible to buy it on such low-quality literary product.)
    He is not entertalning a possibility that “Blank Slate” model of humans may be incorrect.
    Example:
    “All the sides in the debate agee that poverty presents the most severe obstacle to a child’s learning.”
    How about NYT article, that extremely poor Chinese immigrants are successful learners? (Not that I am a big fun of NYT, but I am sure that the author of the New Yorker’s article is.) How about Charles Murray’s
    “Income inequaliity and IQ”
    http://analyseeconomique.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/income-inequality-and-iq.pdf
    How about Robert Weissberg’ss book
    http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Students-Not-Schools/dp/141281345X
    $ 9.14 + $ 3.99 S&H ?
    The writer is considerably worse than the object of his writings.

    Respectfully yours, F.r.