“More than half of all states have a 30-point or more differential between their own reported proficiency rates and the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), which is commonly considered the gold standard of assessments by groups ranging from the liberal American Federation of Teachers to the conservative Heritage Foundation,” says Inside Sources. They go on to say:
“The study, which was conducted by Achieve, a nationally-recognized education reform organization, would seem to suggest state proficiency tests are subject to political manipulation to paint an unrealistic picture of student success. Parents, students, and teachers are often shown state test results overestimating student achievement, and the ultimate impact of these low state standards may not be fully realized until a child has graduated and is required to take remedial education courses in college or the workplace.
“This is not a classroom problem or a teacher problem, it is a political problem in need of a political solution,” said Karen Nussle, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Success. Nussle stated in a call with reporters that it will take “political courage” to fix this problem.”