Document Number: 9165NAEP and the Common Core State Standards (Part III: How Well Are American Student Learning) - This is the 10th edition of the Brown Center Report on American Education. In June 2010, the Common Core State Standards Initiative released grade-by-grade standards for reading and mathematics. As the only assessment administered to representative samples of American students, NAEP has called itself “the Nation’s Report Card” for decades. How well does NAEP match up with the Common Core? We examined public release items from the eighth- grade NAEP math test and coded them based on the grade level the Common Core recommends that the content be taught. The items registered, on average, two to three years below the eighth-grade mathematics recommended by the Common Core. Policymakers and analysts alike need to start thinking now about how NAEP and the Common Core assessments can be reconciled so as to inform, not to confuse, the public about student achievement. (Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, February 2011)...
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