Was achievement gap understated?
By Richard Innes
I’m used to getting bad data from Kentucky’s educators, but this time it’s the National Center for Education Statistics that messed up.
In a new set of web pages that accompanied the recent release of 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and math scores from 2009, the NCES included a graph supposedly showing the proficiency gaps between whites, blacks and Hispanics for fourth grade math.
The only problem is that NCES officials used the wrong numbers!
While the graph is technically correctly labeled, the NCES’ graph totally ignores the kids who score at or above NAEP "Advanced." NCES only shows the percentage of kids who score at "Proficient."
The result is that the real black-white proficiency gap is understated for 2009 by a significant amount. The real gap is 30 percent larger than the gap shown on the NCES graph.
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| December 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Achievement gap | Tags: achievement gap, bluegrass institute, education statistics, naep, national assessment of educational progress, nces
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