2015 NAEP Scores Reveal Reading Instruction Changes

The results are in! The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores have been released, and Tom Loveless, a Senior Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy has published a thoughtful interpretation of the NAEP data that shows discouraging plateaus and declines in student achievement in both reading and math. He cautions against using this data to broadly declare that Common Core implementation has failed to positively affect student achievement, stating, “the CCSS story isn’t over.”

Loveless also points to interesting data that shows that even if the jury is still out on whether CCSS has positively or negatively influenced student learning, the implementation of the standards seems to have had more demonstrable effect on the way teachers have been teaching reading. Teachers are reporting that they have integrated more informational texts into their reading instruction, striking a near-even balance between narrative and informational texts in their curriculum.

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