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Higher Education: Expert Views of U.S. Accreditation

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Tests/Assessments

https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/689171.pdf

The U.S. government provided more than $125 billion in FY 2016 to help students pay for higher education.  This report examines the strengths and challenges of the current U.S. accreditation system in overseeing the academic quality of institutions and potential approaches for improving the system’s oversight of academic quality.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018017.pdf

Compares the achievement of U.S. fourth graders in reading to those in 58 other education systems around the world.  Also focuses on changes in reading achievement since 2001.  Also shows how reading proficiency varies by student background characteristics. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Virginia Releases 2016-2017 SOL Test Results

Categories: Education,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2017/08-aug15.shtml

Reports on the percentage of public school students who achieved passing and advanced scores in reading and mathematics tests at various grade levels in Virginia.  Also covers subject focused tests.  Also provides links to results at the division and individual school levels.  From the Virginia Department of Education

 

The Condition of Education 2017

Categories: Education,Education-Higher,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017144.pdf

Presents 50 indicators on education topics from pre-K through postgrad as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Financial Literacy of 15-Year-Olds: Results from PISA 2015

Categories: Education,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017086.pdf

U.S. students scored higher than students from six other countries, lower than students from six countries, and the same as those in two other countries in tests involving knowledge of financial concepts, products, and risks. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Nation’s Report Card: Arts Assessment 2016, Grade 8

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education,Headlines,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/arts_2016/

Reports results separately for music and visual arts for eighth graders on the National Assessment of Education Progress exams.  In both areas, score gaps between White and Hispanic students narrowed from 2008 tests.  Female students scored higher in both areas than males.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Science, Reading, and Mathematics Literacy in an International Context: First Look at PISA 2015

Categories: Education,Headlines,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017048.pdf

Provides international comparisons (72 country participants) of student performance in three major areas including average scores, gaps between the highest and lowest scoring students, percentage of those reaching proficiency levels, and trends in U.S. student performance in the three subjects over time.  From the National Center for Education Statistics and OECD

 

Highlights from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015

Categories: Education,Headlines,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017002_timss_2015_results.pdf

Reports on the results of tests of math and science achievement of U.S. students in Grades 4 and 8 and in advanced courses at the end of high school in an international context.  Reveals scores and trends since 1995 for U.S. students and identifies other nations participating in the exams.  TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

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