Massachusetts teachers must be doing something right, no matter what the teacher-bashers say: Our high school seniors rank the highest in the nation in reading and math. You can see more about the National Assessment of Education Progress and their report card here.
Why is this report an important sign that Massachusetts teachers are doing something right? Details from the NAEP website tell us:
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.
Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time.
Congratulations, Massachusetts teachers! Keep up the good work.