U.S. Test Score Progress

November 8, 2013 by  

U.S. Test Score Progress, Students in Louisiana showed slight improvement in reading but still lag most of their counterparts in the United States in both reading and mathematics, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education. Louisiana ranks near or at the bottom of 50 states, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools.

Progress for Louisiana students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test was mainly flat, with the exception of eighth-grade reading scores.

Louisiana Education Superintendent John White used the report to reiterate his push for the Common Core national education standards, which have come under attack in recent weeks. While Louisiana students have steadily improved on the high-stakes LEAP tests, as recent statewide results show, those achievements have not translated to the more stringent National Assessment of Educational Progress, White said.

“The growth this year was moderate. If we want to see something beyond incremental growth, we’ve got to raise our standards, and the Common Core standards is the best way to do that,” he said.

White said the Common Core standards are modeled after the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. “Our own growth, our own progress within Louisiana doesn’t mean as much if we’re not really competitive with our peer states,” White said.

While supporters of the Common Core say the nationally aligned standards will raise student achievement and let Louisiana compare its students’ academic progress to other states, critics say the state is rushing the move and has ill-prepared its teachers for the change, and that adoption of the standards is a move to a nationalized education system.

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