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What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? - This study by RAND cautions against making too much of Texas' claims about gains on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). While students did improve significantly more on a 4th-grade NAEP math test than their counterparts nationally, the size of this gain was smaller than their gains on TAAS and was not present on the 8th-grade math test. The differences between the NAEP and TAAS scores were especially striking when it came to the gap in average scores between whites and students of color, the report says. An earlier report by RAND, Improving Student Achievement: What NAEP Test Scores Tell Us, drew a different conclusion. Texas was among several states with math gains of twice the national average. (Stephen P. Klein, Laura S. Hamilton, Daniel F. McCaffrey and Brian M. Stecher of RAND, Education Policy Analysis Archives, October 26, 2000)...

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