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Grading How a National Standardized Test Grades Texas Students

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only standardized test given to public school students in all 50 states. It’s administered every two years to fourth and eighth graders. In his report Breaking the Curve, Matthew Chingos takes issue with how the NAEP test’s results are published and says test scores of Texas students […]

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only standardized test given to public school students in all 50 states. It’s administered every two years to fourth and eighth graders.

In his report Breaking the Curve, Matthew Chingos takes issue with how the NAEP test’s results are published and says test scores of Texas students rank very differently compared to students in other states, depending on how the data is broken down.

Chingos is a Senior Fellow at the D.C.-based liberal think tank the Urban Institute. He explains how he breaks down the data and what it suggests about education in Texas.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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