Tom Loveless

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Trends in Reading and Math Achievement, by Race/Ethnicity, 1990-2019

Trends in Reading and Math Achievement, by Race/Ethnicity, 1990-2019

In my recent book, Between the State and the Schoolhouse: Understanding the Failure of Common Core, I examine achievement gaps between different racial and ethnic groups.  To guide the analysis, scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress--for Asian/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, and whites--are provided from 1990 to 2019. These four racial/ethnic groups make up about 95% of the NAEP testing population. Here I would like to add to the book's discussion and point out some of the most interesting trends in the data.

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The Creation, Implementation, and Failure of Common Core Standards With Tom Loveless | Talk Out of School | WBAI New York | With Leonie Haimson

The Creation, Implementation, and Failure of Common Core Standards With Tom Loveless | Talk Out of School | WBAI New York | With Leonie Haimson

Interview Conducted on July 10, 2021.

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Challenge to Standards at the Classroom Level: Spread of Achievement

Challenge to Standards at the Classroom Level: Spread of Achievement

For the past three decades, setting ambitious academic standards has been one of the most popular tools of school reform.  My new book on the Common Core standards, Between the State and the Schoolhouse, was published by Harvard Education Press in April.  I conclude that Common Core failed and try to explain why the effort floundered, not as an opponent of the Common Core standards, but as a policy analyst who studies school reform.

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Why Common Core Failed

Why Common Core Failed

More than a decade after the 2010 release of Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, no convincing evidence exists that the standards had a significant, positive impact on student achievement. My forthcoming book next month—“ Between the State and the Schoolhouse: Understanding the Failure of Common Core ”—explores Common Core from the initiative’s promising beginnings to its disappointing outcomes.

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The Children PISA Ignores in China

The Children PISA Ignores in China

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) administers tests in reading, math, and science to 15-year-olds around the world. The latest results were released earlier this month in Paris. Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA’s parent organization, opened the proceedings.

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