good news for achievement tests

Narrowing the achievement gap
U.S. report says Hispanic and black students are faring well in early years
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

The multiple-choice test was given to 28,000 students ages 9, 13 and 17 in about 40 states last year. Because the test does not change over the years, analysts were able to compare the 2004 results with the findings of the 11 exams given since 1971.

The test’s scores showed Hispanics gaining ground in a number of states, including Texas.

Hispanics now represent one out of every five public school students in the United States and four out of every 10 in Texas.

The national percentage is triple the proportion three decades ago when Department of Education issued its first report card.

The article highlights some pretty dismal numbers in scoring and acheivement nationwide, but reports that there is some good news.  Very little good news… but I’ll take what I can get.

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