New Report from the Education Trust: A STATE-BY-STATE LOOK AT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PATTERNS
(Washington, DC) -- One year after the nation's governors pledged to improve American high schools, most states have made progress in raising achievement in the elementary grades, but secondary schools still struggle to close gaps between poor and minority students and their White and more affluent peers, according to a report released today by the Education Trust.
The report, "Primary Progress, Secondary Challenge: A State-by-State Look at Student Achievement Patterns," examines state assessment results in reading and math between 2003 and 2005 and finds that progress in raising achievement and closing gaps continues to be strongest in the elementary grades. Overall achievement in middle and high school has improved somewhat. But, four years after enactment of the No Child Left Behind law, there is still too little progress in narrowing gaps between groups in the secondary grades.
Published Thursday, Mar. 23, 2006