The United States Department of Education is today releasing the results of a study of 2011 scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress exam. Summarized by the department’s National Center of Education Statistics, the study shows both good news for students across the United States, but also where our students stack up to peers around the world.
Massachusetts took the top ranking of results within the US but not overall, coming in behind some other nations. In an era of global competitiveness, it is notable to see both gains that have been had, and benchmarks still to reach.
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Dedham High School has been taking part in the Mass Math and Science Initiative (MMSI), and the students are enjoying great success, creating a model for around the state of Massachusetts.
In kicking off the school’s 5th year of participation in this program, Mass Insight Education director Joe Mahoney laid out the reality of how much better students are doing in STEM curricula once they reach college as a result of having taken part in this program. Read more in the Daily News Transcript.
Massachusetts earned an overall grade of B (score of 84.1) in the Quality Counts 2012 State Highlights Report — placing the state second only to Maryland, which achieved a B+ (87.5). The national average was C+ (76.9).
Key areas measured include adult outcomes, school accountability, school finance, and college readiness. Get the State Highlights Report here.