States overstate student performance
Our weekly newsletter, Speaking Out!, has a great recap of our new education report and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s report on kinship care:
We know from federal test score data that most fourth graders are not proficient in reading and math. Yet according to state assessments most of them are. For example, federal test scores show that only 32 percent of Alabama fourth graders read proficiently, yet the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test says that 87 percent are proficient. Why do federal and state standards disagree so much on how well the same group of kids can read?