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#ProficiencyMatters: Is your state closing the gap?

Does your state have high expectations for student learning?

Every state scores its standardized test differently, meaning each sets its own standards for proficiency in the critical core subjects of English language arts and math.

In many states, there are large gaps between how many students are reported as proficient on state tests versus the percent who are reported as proficient on tests administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is considered the gold standard in measuring academic achievement. This discrepancy is called a “proficiency gap.” A large gap indicates a state is setting its standards too low, which gives a false perception of student progress.

Low expectations allow students to progress from one grade to the next, and graduate from high school, without mastering the knowledge and skills required for success in college or the workplace. Obviously this can have a profoundly negative impact on a child’s future.

Check out this #ProficiencyMatters score card to see if your state is setting adequate expectations for your children.

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Most states are in the process of reviewing and adjusting their scoring systems. We encourage them to take this opportunity to expect more from their students. Fortunately, many states are rising to the challenge and their students will be lifetime beneficiaries of that decision. We encourage other states to follow their lead.

Make your voice heard by sharing your support for higher proficiency expectations.

Visit to learn more about proficiency expectations in your state, how it is impacting students and what you can do to help.