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Louisiana’s 2017 NAEP Does Nothing to Promote White’s Effectiveness as a State Superintendent

April 10, 2018

Louisiana state superintendent John White has been fretting over 2017 NAEP.

Here’s why:

Louisiana’s 4th grade math falls from 234 (2015) to 229 (2017)– the same as it was in 2009– and 2 points lower than it was since John White’s arrival as state superintendent (2012):

  • 2000: 218
  • 2003: 226
  • 2005: 230
  • 2007: 230
  • 2009: 229
  • 2011: 231
  • 2013: 231
  • 2015: 234
  • 2017: 229

Louisiana’s 4th grade reading falls from 216 (2015) to 212 (2017). It was 210 in both 2011 and 2013. So, during White’s tenure, reading fell more in two years (2015 to 2017; -4 points) than it rose overall from 2011 to 2017 (2 points):

  • 2002: 207
  • 2003: 205
  • 2005: 209
  • 2007: 207
  • 2009: 207
  • 2011: 210
  • 2013: 210
  • 2015: 216
  • 2017: 212

Louisiana’s 8th grade math falls from 268 (2015) to 267 (2017). It has not dropped below 268 since 2003– nine years prior to John White’s arrival as state superintendent (2012). It was 273 in 2011 (prior to White):

  • 2000: 259
  • 2003: 266
  • 2005: 268
  • 2007: 272
  • 2009: 272
  • 2011: 273
  • 2013: 273
  • 2015: 268
  • 2017: 267

Finally, Louisiana’s 8th grade reading score has vacillated between 255 and 257 since 2011 (i.e., prior to White’s arrival):

  • 2002: 256
  • 2003: 253
  • 2005: 253
  • 2007: 253
  • 2009: 253
  • 2011: 255
  • 2013: 257
  • 2015: 255
  • 2017: 257

So there we have it: John White’s 2017 NAEP problem.

Let’s watch as he tries to spin it.

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