A growing achievement gap in civics education: What a new study reveals about social studies, class and race
Student performance in civics has improved over the last two decades, even as the gap in civic knowledge has grown along class and racial lines during that period. That’s the conclusion of a new study released today by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy. Its Report on American Education, an annual publication exploring...
By Kevin Mahnken | June 27, 2018
California makes some gains in reading, but NAEP scores remain flat amid signs of a widening gap between highest and lowest performers
Test scores released Tuesday for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continued a decade-long trend of stasis, with small improvements measured only for performance in eighth-grade reading. While states with disparate academic approaches have made some strides over the past few years — notably Florida and California — national averages have varied only slightly, despite...
By Kevin Mahnken | April 10, 2018
More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news was made still...
By Kevin Mahnken | March 27, 2017