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Statewide Uniform Grading Scales MS Word PDF - Grading practices have traditionally been addressed at the local level, but with growing concern about grade inflation and/or the use of grades for high-stakes purposes such as merit scholarships, some states now address grading scales in state policy. This ECS StateNote discusses the four states – Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and West Virginia – that have adopted a statewide grading scale, as well as Tennessee, which has convened a taskforce to develop a statewide grading scale. (Molly Burke, Education Commission of the States, October 2005)...

The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009, National and Pilot State Results - Nationally representative samples of 12th-graders from 1,670 public and private schools in the 11 states which participated in the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Approximately 52,000 students were assessed in reading and 49,000 were assessed in mathemathics. Average mathematics scores were higher in 2009 than in 2005. While the overall reading score was also higher in 2009 than in 2005, reading scores did not change significantly for Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native students or for female students. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2010)...

2009 4th Grade Reading Results: How Did Your State's Students Do? - The state snapshot reports provide a look at the main results of the NAEP 2009 reading assessment. Each participating jurisdiction receives its own customized state report, as seen here. The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2009 offers data for all participating states and additional national data. The NAEP Data Explorer provides information for all jurisdictions for which results are reported in 2009 and allows the user not only to develop custom data tables, but also to perform appropriate tests of statistical significance for within- or across-state data comparisons. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 2010)...

National Overview: Measuring College and Career Readiness - This report reveals career interests and achievement results for 2009 ACT-tested high school graduates in every state. Page 10 of each state profile indicates whether students are interested in and prepared for the projected high-growth jobs in their state. (American College Testing, October 2009) ...

ACT National and State Scores - The National Score Report section provides 10-year trend data, in both text and interactive charts, on the number of graduating seniors taking the ACT; the national average ACT composite score (both overall and disaggregated by gender); national average scores in English, math, reading and science; and the percent of ACT-tested seniors who reported completing a core curriculum. The 2009 national average composite scores disaggregated by race. The state average scores section provides details about each state’s performance in these areas. The number of graduating seniors taking the ACT reached an all-time high in 2009, though the average composite score of 21.1 did not change from 2008. The 2009 report includes college readiness by state. (ACT, Inc., August 2009)...

Are Boys Making the Grade? Gender Gaps in Achievement and Attainment - This policy brief finds that Massachusetts boys are lagging behind girls in educational achievement and attainment. The brief examines gender differences on a number of indicators including performance on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System in math and English language arts (ELA), dropout rates, and placement in special education. Girls matched or surpassed boys’ achievement at all grade levels in both math and ELA. A further analysis of high school enrollment patterns showed that boys, specifically Black and Hispanic boys, are most in danger of falling through the cracks in the education system. (Celine Coggins, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, October 2006) ...

NAEP vs. State Proficiency 2005 - In addition to state assessments, students in every state took the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and mathematics in 2005. Included charts compare student achievement on state assessments and on the NAEP assessment for 4th grade math and reading and 8th grade math and reading students. (Achieve, 2005)...

At Home and in School: Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Educational Preparedness - This brief looks at conditions from early childhood through high school that contribute to or indicate educational achievement, focusing in particular on differences across racial/ethnic groups. The report finds that by almost every indicator, Hispanic and black children are at a disadvantage when compared to white and Asian children. Even though the data here is specific to California, it does have implications for other state policies. (Jennifer Y. Cheng, California Counts, vol. 3, no. 2, Public Policy Institute of California, November 2001)...

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