Study Finds Widening Gap in Proficiency Levels between State Tests and NAEP
The research examines state and federal testing data from 1992 to 2006 in 12 states:
The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in April, further highlights some of the problems which need to be addressed in the reauthorization of NCLB. Chief among them is that state standards for levels of "proficiency" are inconsistently defined nationally. And the pressure to show results has brought into question whether states are watering down their standards or inflating reported gains in order to meet NCLB's mandated Annual Yearly Progress targets.
Among the researchers' recommendations is greater transparency in reporting results, as suggested in a bill recently introduced by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Kennedy's bill would require states to report NAEP results along side state results, and would urge states to benchmark their standards against national ones.
Widening Disparity between State and Federal Gauges of Student Progress