How Mississippi made some of the biggest leaps in national test scores

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Chamber of Commerce report released that year highlighted a 71-point gap between the percentage of fourth-grade students who scored proficient or above on the state’s reading exam in 2005 and those who scored proficient or above on the 2005 NAEP reading exam. Between 2005 and 2017, Mississippi increased its scores in all grade and subject areas of the national exam. State officials say there were gaps in previous academic standards when compared to testing expectations.

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

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In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave schools a massive infusion of state money in return for high academic standards and accountability. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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OPINION: Four ways that Mississippi is teaching more children to read well

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The Magnolia State has been making steady progress on NAEP since 2005. Among them: better teacher preparation and professional development for elementary reading; higher academic standards; state assessments aligned with NAEP’s expectations for students; and steady, consistent work toward the state’s strategic goals. Mississippi is delivering, and its students are the beneficiaries. The state proved a bright spot on the most recent Nation’s Report Card.

REINVENTING.SCHOOL Thursday with Howard Blumenthal - "What About My Job at School?" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy.

At School Grounded in Soul Music, Priorities Shift for Common Core

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We are definitely putting academics first,” she added. Arts advocates argue that music, drama and art classes are critical for a well-rounded education (and Brown says music should be considered an academic course). But as states have begun rolling out the Common Core standards, integrating the arts has become more challenging — even for schools like Soulsville. It is an example of how the music occasionally trickles into even the regular academic classes.

Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

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The transition from middle school to high school is a big one, perhaps bigger than appears at first blush: Not only do students’ academic workloads increase, but simultaneously, so does their independence and responsibility. Farrington said that in 2005, the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research published the report “ The On-Track Indicator as a Predictor of High School Graduation.”