Standards & Testing

Education standards and evolving strategies for measuring whether students and schools meet them

Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform

Reflections on the evolution of the standards movement in American and the movement’s future

What the Pandemic Did to NAEP, State Standardized Test Scores

The change in student proficiency rates on national and state testing between 2019 and 2022

Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

The movement to introduce new indicators of school performance

The Big Test: The Future of Statewide Standardized Assessments

The backlash against standardized testing that has changed how states evaluate students

Paper vs. Online Testing: What’s the Impact on Test Scores?

A testing expert discusses the shift to online assessments

Proficiency vs. Growth: Toward a Better Measure

The value of “growth” measures in judging student and school performance

Standards & Testing

By the Numbers

NAEP Scores 2022

  • 5 points

    Decline in NAEP reading scores between 2020 and 2022

  • 7 points

    Decline in NAEP math scores

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress 2022

Standards-Aligned Materials

  • 26%

    Math materials used by teachers that are aligned to standards

  • 16%

    English Language Arts materials

Source: Ed Reports

2022 State NAEP Math Scores

  • 43

    States with significantly more 4th graders scoring below NAEP Basic in math

  • 48

    States with significantly more 8th graders

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Standards & Testing

All Work

What the Pandemic Did to NAEP, State Standardized Test Scores

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Webinar: Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform

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Podcast: Is There a Future in Standards-Based Reform?

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Unfinished Agenda: The Future of Standards-Based School Reform

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How to Think About Statewide Standardized Testing in 2022

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Parents’ Support for Standardized Testing Bounces Back

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Invisible Students: The Information Crisis in Early Education

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Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

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The Movement to Replace High School Grades

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A New Way to Gauge Schools’ Success Serving Highest-Need Students

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Essay Content is Strongly Related to Household Income and SAT Scores

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A Smart Role for State Standardized Testing in 2021

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