This is why parents get confused.
The release of NAEP math results yesterday prompted some applause here in Georgia over the state’s new performance standards. Georgia eighth-graders scored an average of 278, out of a possible 500 on NAEP’s test of math skills. That’s four points off the national average of 282, but higher than the 2007 average state score of 275.
“This is the first evidence we have that the GPS is helping our students be more competitive at the national level,” said Superintendent Kathy Cox.
But then a national education advocacy group sends out a statement saying that NAEP scores should be seen as an alarm bell.
Here is one such lament from the Center for Education Reform:
WASHINGTON, DC – American students are not being properly prepared to succeed in the global workforce and demonstrate slower progress than ever before in math proficiency, according to an evaluation of test scores under the Nation’s Report Card released Wednesday.
“It is a national