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Improving Student Achievement: What State NAEP Test Scores Tell Us
     

Improving Student Achievement: What State NAEP Test Scores Tell Us

by David Grissmer, Ann Flanagan, Stephanie Williamson
 

Fifty states, fifty different educational policies and practices. Which practices are best? The authors find that state test scores differ mainly due to population and family characteristics, not because of different schools or policies. This analysis has been long awaited by the 4.1 million educators in the K-12 system nationwide.

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Fifty states, fifty different educational policies and practices. Which practices are best? The authors find that state test scores differ mainly due to population and family characteristics, not because of different schools or policies. This analysis has been long awaited by the 4.1 million educators in the K-12 system nationwide.

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Recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals.
Library Journal
Conducted under the auspices of RAND Education, this careful report examines the evidence from student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests given in math and reading at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels between 1990 and 1996. Hoping to show how resources can be used to improve student performance, the authors, all employees of RAND, rank the 44 participating states by raw achievement scores, score improvement trends, and scores that compare students with similar family characteristics. Taking a scientific approach, they provide accurate data and objective analysis of whether public education can be reformed and which strategies are most likely to improve student achievement. The merit of this study is that it covers new ground by giving new interpretation of the empirical evidence--e.g., the authors note that, contrary to the common belief, additional resources have been most effectively used for minority students rather than the more advantaged. This work will be of particular interest to policymakers, the state judiciary, and school administrators, and parents will find sections on family variables helpful. Recommended for all academic and public libraries.--Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833025616
Publisher:
Rand Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.67(d)

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