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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Common Standards Will Not Affect Student Achievement
Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:34 PM
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From Education Week [American Education's Newspaper of Record],
Thursday, February 16, 2012. See
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/02/brookings_report_explores_comm.html
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Study: Common Standards Will Not Affect Student Achievement

By Catherine Gewertz

Will the Common Core State Standards improve student achievement? Not
according to a new study out today.

The crux of the argument in the Brookings Institution report is that
there is not much of a connection between standards-even rigorous
ones-and student achievement. If there was a connection, we would
have seen signs of improvement from states' own individual
standards-all states have had standards since 2003-but NAEP scores
don't bear that out, author Tom Loveless argues.

Loveless also points to a 2009 Brookings study that found no
connection between the quality of states' standards and their
students' NAEP scores. Loveless examines NAEP scores from 2003 to
2009 and finds no correlation between the quality of states'
standards and NAEP gains during that period.

Loveless also looks at performance standards, or the "cut points" set
for proficiency on states' tests, to examine the argument that the
presumed higher cut scores on the future tests for the common
standards will help drive better student achievement. Again, he finds
that cut scores are unrelated to NAEP performance.

NOTE: You can download the Brown Center report How Well Are American
Students Learning? at
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/02/brookings_report_explores_comm.html
-- just click on "Brookings Institution Report."

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu



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