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PISA scores remain stagnant for U.S. students
The results of the latest PISA or the Program for International Student Assessment are in and as usual, we have an interpretation of the highlights for you. If you recall, PISA is designed to assess not just students’ academic knowledge but their application of that knowledge and is administered to 15-year-olds across the globe every three […]
Internship Opportunity
The Center for Public Education (CPE) at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) seeks policy research interns for the spring and summer 2017 semesters to work closely with CPE’s research analyst in conducting education policy research. CPE is a national resource for accurate, timely, and credible information about public education and its importance to the well-being of […]
What does “evidence-based” mean?
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools to use “evidence-based interventions” to improve schools.  The law also includes definitions of what evidence means, and recent guidance from the Department of Education has provided additional clarification on what passes as “evidence-based.”  Mathematica has also put out a brief guide on different types of data that have […]
Thoughts on nuance and variance
As we approach the 2016 general election, I’ve heard public officials, family, and friends make very clear statements regarding which side of the aisle they support.  Yet, I find it hard to believe that the average American falls in line 100% with either political party, or supports every word and tenet of a particular public […]
NAEP science scores reveal progress at lower grades, stagnation at 12th-grade
The National Assessment Governing Board released its 2015 Science scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders.  The results were positive overall, with achievement gaps narrowing and scores improving for almost all student groups in fourth and eighth-grade students.  Twelfth-grade scores remained stagnant across all groups. The tests assess students’ ability […]
Pre-Kindergarten
Investing in high-quality pre-kindergarten education yields benefits for kids, school, and communities.
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Data First
How good are your schools? How can they improve? Data can provide answers.
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