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This is good news: for too long, Tennessee has papered over its challenges by inflating student proficiency rates. In 2007, the Nation’s Report Card (NAEP), a more rigorous national sampling of students, said that just 29% of Tennessee 4th graders were proficient or advanced in math; in contrast, the TCAP said that 89% were proficient/advanced!
We need more rigorous coursework and assessments; we also need to pay more attention to value-added performance, which shows whether schools are successfully helping students reach their academic potential. There’s more information on value-added assessment and other issues in Tennessee education at www.education-consumers.org.
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