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Re: State vs. NAEP proficiency

Texas is widely held as proof that it is perfectly realistic to expect over
90% of students to exceed "high standards".

> As you might recall, I predicted about a year ago that while NCLB gives states
> the right to define "proficient," that eventually the NAEP definition would come
> to be the only one.
> Bob Linn indicated as much in his AERA presidential speech a couple of weeks
> ago.
> The Princeton Review's ranking of state testing programs is mostly hokum, but
> Appendix IV is a discussion of "The question of proficiency" and a graph show by
> what percent the proportion of kids proficient on the state test exceeds the
> proportion on NAEP.
> Texas wins in a walk, 67% with Alabama a distant second at 56%. That is 91% of
> kids scored proficient on TX test compared to 24% on NAEP. Four states, AZ, LA,
> MO and ME have lower percentages on the state test than on NAEP. The graph is
> only for 8th grade math.
> It's worth a look. Bob Schaefer gave a URL but here it is again:
> www.princetonreview.com/statestudy.
> JB