Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mississippi Kids Tops in NAEP Progess.

It appears third-grade reading gate is paying off for Mississippi schoolchildren.  Mississippi 4th Graders had the biggest gains on the NAEP for the last two years.  The Mississippi Department of Education stated yesterday:

Mississippi has achieved the No. 1 spot in the nation for gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, with 4th grade students making the largest score gains from 2017 to 2019 in reading and mathematics, 8th grade students outpacing the nation for growth in mathematics, and 8th grade reading holding steady. 
Mississippi is the only state in the nation to show significant increases in three of the four core NAEP subjects in 2019. Washington, D.C., is the only jurisdiction to show gains in three of four subjects. Nationally, scores for most NAEP subjects dropped or remained flat from 2017 to 2019.
The press release and additional information is posted below.

Kingfish note: Here are the legislators who voted against the third grade reading gate bill in 2013:  Banks, Baria, Blackmon, Calhoun, Clark, Coleman (65th), Dickson, Ellis, Harrison, Huddleston (30th), Johnson, Middleton, Myers, Perkins, Straughter, Thomas, Watson, Williams-Barnes, Wooten.


Anonymous said...

Good news on the education front? That can't be. Mississippi hasn't dumped enough good money into the public education black hole yet to produce good news. Only Donkeycrats are allowed to produce good news about education.

Anonymous said...

I would imagine that when the dust settles we'll find out that many of these scores are BOGUS. Superintendents, principals and teachers want to keep their jobs and the only way to do that is to show improving scores.

Anonymous said...

This is more self-serving bullshit from the overpaid Carey Wright. The increases are in percentages, which mean that the numbers are higher because the base is lower. For example, if you go from a 10% to a 20% level, that's a 100% increase.

Anonymous said...

when you’re at the bottom...any gain is great.

Anonymous said...

You're obviously going to see the largest jump in the first years of growth. The good part about the scores is that they appear to be sustained. Even if it is propaganda, it still shows a trend in the right direction.

11:32 was obviously educated in the public school system & has no idea how to measure statistics or proportionality. They basically state that the less bright kids are leaving school & that is propping up the scores.

Anonymous said...

So 2:21, your interpretation would produce the following headline-"Mississippi Education Ranks 5th Worst in the U.S. But Inches Towards 6th Worst".

Anonymous said...

11:32am You are what's fundamentally wrong with Mississippi today. The self-loathing has to stop. No other state hates itself more than we do.

Anonymous said...

"I would imagine that when the dust settles we'll find out that many of these scores are BOGUS. Superintendents, principals and teachers want to keep their jobs and the only way to do that is to show improving scores."

There it is. I bet a friend of mine yesterday that this very blog would feature a comment of how the scores were cooked somehow. If you knew anything about NAEP, you'd know it's statistically reliable and is administered and monitored very, very closely.

What evidence could anyone ever provide that education in Mississippi is improved? It's obvious that a nationally-normed assessment that's been given forever and is incredibly accurate isn't enough.

Hairs on the back of your back tingle? Sixth sense?

Anonymous said...

10:26 posted: "Superintendents, principals and teachers want to keep their jobs and the only way to do that is to show improving scores."

The trend today is to suggest classroom failure and school failure is due to the fact that the students are economically disadvantaged an otherwise deprived. That widely touted excuse insulates the faculty and administration.

I'm trying to recall the last time I heard of a Supt, principal or teacher(s) losing a job due to poor student performance. Please cite an example or two. Otherwise, see Canton Separate School District.

Anonymous said...

10:26 - either six or seven JPS principals were terminated this year (last spring) for poor student performance.

Anonymous said...

If you're standing on the concrete, looking at a twenty-rung ladder leaned against the building, it ain't worthy of celebration to step up one rung. The test is getting past the tenth. But, Mississippi is good at giving thumbs up to the one-rungers.

(Why are they called fire hydrants when they're actually water, hydrants?)

Bob Can't Read A Lick, But He Run The Ball.. said...

"either six or seven JPS principals were terminated this year for poor student performance"

And one was awarded $100,000 by a jury who found that she was actually fired for resisting sexual advances. Can you verify the other five?

Meanwhile, look at these achievements vs goals.

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