Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The report, also known as "The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2009," studied 168,000 fourth-graders and 161,000 eighth-graders who took part in the assessment, which covered a range of mathematics topics, from algebra and geometry to number properties and operations, measurement, and data analysis, probability, and statistics.
Fourth-Grade Achievement Flat : This year's report showed that for the first time since 1996, fourth-graders made absolutely no progress in math achievement compared with the previous report period (2007). For both years, average scores were 240. (There had been a slowing trend in achievement gains leading up to 2009's results. The gain from 2000 to 2003 was nine points; the gain from 2003 to 2005 was three points; and the gain from 2005 to 2007 was just two points on the fourth-graders' average scores in mathematics.
The results were identical for fourth-graders when grouped by performance level. There was no change from 2007 to 2009 for students who performed at or above proficient level or at or above basic level.
"Today's results are evidence that we must better equip our schools to improve the knowledge and skills of America's students in mathematics" said Secretary Duncan in a statement released to coincide with the report Wednesday. "Our students have made real gains in math over the past two decades, but for the first time since NAEP's mathematics test started in 1990, student achievement in fourth grade has not improved. More must be done to narrow the troubling achievement gap that has persisted in mathematics, and to ensure that America's students make greater gains toward becoming competitive with their peers in other countries."
Eighth-Grade Scores Increase Slightly : Meanwhile, in the eighth grade, test results continued the slow upward trend that began between 1996 and 2000, when scores increased from 270 to 273. Between 2000 and 2003, they increased another five points; between 2003 and 205, they rose just one point; between 2005 and 2007, they increase another two points; and between 2007 and 2009, the rose two points again, topping out at an average score of 283.
The results were similar among the two different performance groups. Those achieving at or above basic level saw their scores increase slightly, as did those performing at or above proficient level.
Duncan said that the overall results call for reform in the way math is taught in K-12 schools. "None of us should be satisfied. We need reforms that will accelerate student achievement. Our students need to graduate high school ready to succeed in college and the workplace. These NAEP results are a call to action to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics and other related subjects in order to prepare our students to compete in the global economy."
Further information about the 2009 math results can be found at NAEP's site here. A complete copy of the full report can be downloaded in PDF form here.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Below is the information about my author visits and the Casey and Bella Writing Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. If you send me your school's address, I can end you a Casey and Bella Kit for your schools with complimentary books and activities for your students and school library.
I speak at schools for about 40 minutes, and I do two kinds of presentations depending on the age group K-2 and 3-6. I do a slide show book reading for the younger grades K-2 and then a slide show of the real characters, Casey and Bella. It is interactive and fun. Click to read information released in a recent newspaper about my author visit or watch a video posted by a school.
The Gloucester Times
School Presentation video clip
Casey and Bella is a book series based on two real characters, Casey a Jack Russell Terrier and Bella a Tea Cup Yorkie. Each book in the Casey and Bella book series donates a portion of proceeds to a not-for-profit charity. www.Caseyandbella.com
Each year 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders write their own Casey and Bella adventures for the chance to have their story published as the next book in the Casey and Bella book series. www.CuddlyBooks.com The official entry form can be found on www.CaseyandBella.com along with games and pictures of the characters.
Casey and Bella Go To New York City, Casey and Bella Go to Hollywood, and Casey and Bella Go Green retail for 15.95 at Barnes and Nobles and Borders, but at schools I charge 12.00, and I sign and paw print stamp the books for the day of the event.
Click below to see recent news clips about Casey and Bella or go to www.CuddlyBooks.com
Please feel free to pass my information along to any of your contacts, especially in NY and NJ where I do free book readings.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dr. Petrosino was recently asked by KUT (the Austin, TX National Public Radio affiliate) to comment on a high school in Austin, TX that was ordered closed by the state for low academic performance and is now back up and running with two new schools on its campus. Petrosino was asked to comment about Project Based Instruction- an area of his speciality.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dr. Petrosino was recently asked by National Public Radio to comment on NAEP scores for the State of Texas. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.
Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time.
Results from the most important nationwide math test tell a good news-bad news story for Texas.
KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports on state scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. You can also read the NAEPreport card and view state level data by clicking HERE.