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December 7, 2011
2011 Reading and Mathematics Trial Urban District Assessment – Today I am releasing the results of the NAEP 2011 Trial Urban District Assessment for reading and mathematics—what we call TUDA. TUDA assesses the performance of public school students at the school district level. It is a collaboration involving the National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES, along with the National Assessment Governing Board, and the Council of the Great City Schools.
November 1, 2011
2011 Reading and Mathematics Report Card – Today I am releasing the results of the 2011 reading and mathematics assessments from the National Assessment of Educational Progress—the Nation's Report Card. This assessment was given earlier this year to fourth- and eighth-grade students across the country. Today's results are for the nation and the states. We also assessed reading and mathematics in 21 large urban districts around the country and those results will be released soon. In addition, we assessed writing at grades 8 and 12 in 2011 and science at grade 8 and will have the results from those assessments in 2012.
September 26, 2011
Major Findings from Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: Results From the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey – On September 21, 2011, Jack Buckley, the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presented some major findings from the most recent national data on bullying in schools and cyber-bullying anywhere at the second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, DC. This two-day event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with eight other federal agencies. Both government and nongovernmental organizations discussed recent efforts to identify the next steps for continued progress in combating bullying in schools.
August 10, 2011
Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales: Variation and Change in State Standards for Reading and Mathematics, 2005-2009 – Good morning. Today I am presenting our new report on mapping state proficiency standards onto NAEP scales. This is our fourth report on state mapping. We have released three earlier reports, using state data for reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8 from 2003, 2005, and 2007. The current report is based on data from 2009. I will give you an overview of the mapping procedure and the overall results for 2009, and also discuss the states that made changes in their assessments from 2005 or 2007 to 2009 and the results of those changes. In all cases, our results are for public school students only.
July 19, 2011
The Nation's Report Card: Geography 2010 – This is our first Geography assessment since 2001. The assessment measures students’ geography knowledge and skills, and is organized around content areas that describe specific geography subject matter and cognitive areas that reflect different levels of understanding geography.
June 23, 2011
Achievement Gaps: How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – Today we’re releasing our report on achievement gaps—the differences in performance of Hispanic and White students as they have changed over time, using national and state data for mathematics and reading from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. As this report will show, scores for both Hispanic and White students have improved over time, but for the most part the gaps remain significant, at both the state and national levels.
June 14, 2011
The Nation's Report Card: History 2010 – I am here today to release the results of the 2010 U.S. History assessment. This is our first U.S. History assessment since 2006. This assessment measures how well students know the specific facts of American history, how well they evaluate historical evidence, and how well they understand change and continuity over time.
May 26, 2011
Briefing on The Condition of Education 2011 – The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that is produced by the National Center for Education Statistics by June 1st of each year. The role of the Federal government in collecting and reporting statistics dates back to 1867. Today, this report brings together information from our own statistical surveys, as well as data from other sources, to allow us to take a big-picture look at the condition of all areas of American education. Although many of the findings we discuss in the report focus on national or regional trends, there are indicators that feature state-level data as well.
May 4, 2011
The Nation's Report Card: Civics 2010 – Today, I am releasing the results of the NAEP 2010 Civics assessment. This is the first NAEP civics assessment since 2006. The civics assessment measures students' knowledge of the American constitutional system and of the workings of our civil society. It also requires them to demonstrate a range of intellectual skills—identifying and describing important information, explaining and analyzing it, and evaluating information and defending positions with appropriate evidence and careful reasoning.
April 13, 2011
NAEP High School Transcript Study 2009 – I am here today to present the results from the 2009 High School Transcript Study, or HSTS, conducted periodically as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The NAEP High School Transcript Study report provides detailed information on the academic experiences and performance of America's high school graduates.
February 24, 2011
The Nation's Report Card: Science 2009 - Trial Urban District Assessment – Good morning. I am here today to release the results of the NAEP Science 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment—or as we call it, Science TUDA. Last month the results of the 2009 science assessment for the nation and the states were released. Today I am releasing the science results for public school students in selected urban school districts. The TUDA program is a collaboration involving the National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES, along with the National Assessment Governing Board and the Council of the Great City Schools.
January 25, 2011
The Nation's Report Card: Science 2009 – Today I am releasing the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress science results. Students were assessed at the fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Over 156,000 students at grade 4, 151,000 at grade 8, and 11,000 at grade 12 took the assessment. We have national results for public and private school students at all three grades. At grades 4 and 8, we also have results for public school students in 46 states and the Department of Defense schools.

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