Nation’s Report Card shows state science scores largely unchanged

Wisconsin students outperformed the nation in both assessed grades on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment. Average scale scores for Wisconsin public school students in grade eight and grade four were not statistically different from the last administration of the exam. Wisconsin fourth graders scored 156, compared to 153 nationwide. Wisconsin eighth graders scored 159 versus 153 nationwide.

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Teachers say evaluation systems are having negative impact on education

U.S. teachers believe that teacher evaluation systems are having a profoundly negative effect on them and on education in general. “Headlines report teacher shortages in nearly every state,” says the Executive Summary of a report titled; Teachers Talk Back: Educators on the Impact of Teacher Evaluation. The report was published this week by the Network for Public Education. “One factor reported in almost every story is the discouragement teachers feel from a reform movement that is increasing pressure to raise student test scores, while reducing support,” it states.

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Report connecting NAEP scores and Common Core is weak, review finds

A report connecting low-income students’ NAEP achievement to states’ adoption of standards-based policies, specifically adoption of the Common Core, is weak and poorly presented, an expert review shows. Even if the omissions and shortcomings of the report were remedied, the analysis only provides a very narrow snapshot of how policy might connect to practice.

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Teachers feeling overloaded and stressed, according to Baraboo survey

Implementation of new educational requirements from the federal, state and local level, combined with the loss of collective bargaining rights, has teachers feeling overloaded and under growing stress, according to a survey of Baraboo teachers. “There’s initiative fatigue,” Baraboo High School teacher and Baraboo Education Association President Kari Nelson told the Baraboo News Republic. “That is the sense we are getting from our members. It is initiative overload.”

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