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Reform efforts in DC, TN, IN and Florida are working

• Dr. Matthew Ladner

NAEP 2013 affirms the reform efforts in DC, TN, IN and Florida.

The National Center for Education Statistics has released the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 4th and 8th grade Reading and Math. “The Nation’s Report Card” tests random representative samples of students in all 50 states, serving as the only true “apples to apples” source of K-12 data.

A quick calculation of the net score gains (2013 scores minus 2011 scores) on all four tests reveals remarkable gains in the District of Columbia and Tennessee. Gains in DC and TN quadrupled those of the national average. After years of flat scores, Indiana nearly tripled the national average. Florida more than doubled the national average for gains.

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More analysis to come.



About the author

Dr. Matthew Ladner @MatthewLadner

Dr. Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as Vice President of Research and Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Dr. Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. Dr. Ladner has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform. Most recently, Dr. Ladner authored the groundbreaking, original research Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education, outlining the future funding crisis facing America’s K-12 public education funding. He also coauthors the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform. Dr. Ladner has testified before Congress, the United States Commission of Civil Rights and numerous state legislative committees. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received both a Masters and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston. Dr. Ladner is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Educational Choice. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.