COMMON CORE STANDARDS DAILY UPDATE // FEBRUARY 1, 2016

States Begin Closing the “Honesty Gap”:

After years of inflating measures of student readiness, most states have made strides to correct course by implementing rigorous education standards and high-quality student assessments, a follow-up analysis by Achieve finds. Over half of states significantly narrowed their “Honesty Gaps”—the difference between state-reported proficiency rates and those identified by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—and 18 closed discrepancies by 10 percentage points or more in both fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math.

“Many states have resolved to take seriously the responsibility of providing parents and kids with honest and accurate information,” says Karen Nussle, executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success. “Policymakers are mustering the political courage to level with parents about the fact that our students are not prepared for college or the workforce, and are now able to make policies that align with the reality of student preparedness.”


Top News:

Hechinger Report: More State Tests Are ‘Getting Honest’ about How Few Kids Are on Track for College, But There are Outliers

Education Week: States Are Clsoing the ‘Honesty Gap’ in Test Results, Study Says

Inside Sources: Policymakers Are Becoming More Honest About Education Proficiency Standards

Daily Caller: States Are Getting More Honest with Parents about Crummy Test Scores

Education World: States that Adopt Common Core Have More Transparency in Reporting K-12 Proficiency

What’s Being Said in the States:

Newark Star-Ledger: PARCC Helped Close ‘Honesty Gap’ in New Jersey, Report Says

Newark Star-Ledger: Laying the PARCC Rumors to Rest

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia Narrows ‘Honesty Gap’ between State and Federal Test Results

Jackson Free Press: Mississippi Nationally Recognized for Not Lying

ABC Tupelo WTVA: Mississippi Closes ‘Honesty Gap’ in Education

The Tennessean: Tennessee’s ‘Honesty Gap’ on Exams Stays Nearly Flat


What Our Partners and Allies Are Saying:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce“States More Honest about Student Performance”

Stand for Children Indiana: “Families Will Benefit from Trend

Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Ohio“The Truth is Out There: Ohio Shrinks the Honesty Gap”

We Raise NJ“‘Honesty Gap in Review’ Report Proves New Jersey Students Are on the Right Track

Expect More Arizona: “Arizona Makes Significant Progress Toward Closing the ‘Honesty Gap'”