New National Test Data Is Coming: Get Ready!
A fresh round of national test results for reading and math will be released in April, offering a snapshot of U.S. student achievement, plus state-by-state data, and outcomes for 27 large urban districts. The data will shine a light on achievement gaps, as well as trends over time in the performance of fourth and eighth graders. And, invariably, some education advocates and politicians will seize on the data to advance their policy preferences.
To help journalists prepare for the data from NAEP, dubbed “the nation’s report card,” the Education Writers Association is offering a webinar on April 4. Our speakers will offer context and insights for smarter news coverage on this wealth of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In addition, they will explain how the transition from a paper and pencil to digital format may affect results. Also, viewers will get guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls and misuse of the achievement data.
Beyond the national and state data, results will be available on the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) for 27 cities across the country, including, for the first time, school districts in Clark County, Nevada; Denver; Fort Worth, Texas; Guilford County, N.C.; and Shelby County, Tenn.
Peggy Carr, associate commissioner for assessments, National Center for Education Statistics
Tom Loveless, independent education expert