Commentary: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Results 2022

Oct 25, 2022 at 02:45 pm by JC Bowman

Commentary: Like any other test, we are careful about reading too much into the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. With NAEP, representative samples of students rather than the entire national, state, or district populations take the test every two years and only in 4, 8, and 12th grades.

National Center for Education Statistics Commissioner Peggy Carr said “specific pandemic-era local decisions, like how long to keep a school or district shuttered, aren't solely the cause of these results. Exploring that deserves more research.” Our response: “Why?”

We know that not every student in a state takes NAEP, only a random sample of students.  There is no individual data. Students in both public and private schools are assessed. At the state level, only public-school assessments are reported to the media. 

Are the results replicable? For example, would an independent group of researchers utilizing the same process, and the same students, get the same results as the original study with a similar or same test? We will never know.

Eighth-grade math had the sharpest decline in Tennessee; when compared to 2019 data we dropped 8 points. The average scores are not considerably different from the rest of the nation. Discussing NAEP, Harvard professor Kevin Mahnken believes the results “validated the public’s worst fears about pandemic learning loss.”  Katie Reilly at Time Magazine says, “American students saw some of the biggest declines in academic achievement recorded in the last 50 years.”

The Wall Street Journal says the national test results reveal the damage from school closures. Education Historian Diane Ravitch writes: “The moral of the story is that students need to have human contact with a teacher and classmates to learn best. Virtual learning is a fourth-rate substitute for a real teacher and interaction with peers.”

There is no dispute that we witnessed a decline since 2020, when scores for each grade level were nearly identical to 2004 data for math and 2008 in reading. While the small gains made in intervening years, most notably in math, have been further negated with the most recent data, average scores are significantly higher than when they first started being recorded in the 1970s.

There are a multitude of factors that contribute to a high-quality public school system. Performance, funding, safety, class size, quality of educators, instructional days, and community support are among the differences. School closures due to COVID are also a factor. The effects on student mental health due to the pandemic is a well-documented factor as well. How do we measure this disruption? Do we factor in COVID interventions such as tutoring or summer school?  There are so many details about what the results show, with little information on how the results are derived.

For educators, NAEP is just a glimpse of a small sample of students. We know that there are both supporters and detractors of NAEP. We try not to fall into either camp, cheerleaders or critics. And we urge others not to overreact. Too often we celebrate when we do well on NAEP, then panic and advocate for change when we do not. In the process, we lose the momentum of other innovations that we have enacted.

We often never get the results on some programs or initiatives before we move on to the next crisis and cure-all for what ails us in public education. No matter the results, we can continue the sense we have of crisis in public education. Here come the experts, with a suitcase full of solutions for the problems that they have identified. NAEP assesses representative samples of students, not the entire student population. NAEP is just a snapshot. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

For more information:


Submitted by: JC Bowman, the CEO/Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee.  Audrey Shores is the Chief Operating Officer of Professional Educators of Tennessee. Professional Educators of Tennessee is a nonpartisan teacher association located in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Sections: Education


i just want to say a big thanks to Dr Dominion for what he has done for me, i contacted him at the point of my needs and he came through for me, he said he was gonna help me and he did, i played lottery for 20 years and couldn't win a dime, at a point i was disappointed and almost gave up, but then another thought came to my mind why don't i try a lotto spell since i have already heard about people doing it, and then i decided that i will give it a try, but there was a lot of spell casters online this got me confused that i didn't know which to pick, i decided to follow my instinct and i picked Dr Dominion i sent him an email and waited for couple of hours no reply, at this point i was already anxious and eager to get a reply from him and then i sent him a test on his WhatsApp and immediately he responded i told him what i wanted and he gave me assurance that i must win after his spell, i did what was asked of me, behold i hit the jackpot. i am so so happy to share this here because i have never seen a miracle like this before, thank you so much Dr Dominion you are a life saver. you can talk to him if you need his assistance too, that is why he said i should testify about his good work so people in need can reach out to him. his Email: website: WhatsApp: +16574277820 Call: +12059642462
My name is Tom Peacock from USA, I want to say thank you to Dr Emu for the good thing he has done for me, Though am not sure if this is the best forum to show my joy and happiness for what he has done for me but i can't hide my happiness and my joy so i have to share it with people, my marriage got crashed about two years ago and i tried all i could within my power but to no avail. I saw a post and testimonial about the good things Dr Emu has been doing so I decided to give it a try. though he is always a busy man but when he responded back to my email, he gave me 48 hours for my marriage to be restored really just like he said my marriage was restored since then I am happy and i am living happily i am so grateful to Dr Emu you can always email him here: {} or WhatsApp: {+2347012841542}
INSTANT LOVE SPELL CASTER TO HELP GET BACK EX-LOVER AND HELP FIX BROKEN MARRIAGE WITH 100% GUARANTEED RESULTS. My name is Mylene Sint Jago from Curacao I'm here to testify how DR SARUMAN use his powerful spell to save my marriage I urge you not to ignore this message, My husband and I have been married for about 7 years now. We were happily married with two kids, a boy, and a girl. 3 months ago, I started to notice some strange behavior from him and a few weeks later I found out that my husband is seeing someone. He started coming home late from work, and he hardly cared about me or the kids anymore, Sometimes he goes out and doesn’t even come back home for about 2-3 days. I did all I could to rectify this problem but all to no avail. I became very worried and needed help. As I was browsing through the Internet one day, I came across a website that suggested that DR. SARUMAN can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships, and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he did a spell for me. Two days later, my husband came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promised never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. My family and I are living together happily again. All thanks to DR. SARUMAN. If you need a spell caster that can cast a spell that truly works, I suggest you contact him. He will not disappoint you. This is his website Instagram: Facebook: Email: or you can chat him directly on his WhatsApp: +1 (213) 465-3767. I would advise you to contact DR SARUMAN because he is the right man to help you get all your spiritual problem solved with his powerful spell also you can reach him for the following spell work: *LOVE SPELLS *MARRIAGE SPELLS *MONEY SPELLS *BEAUTY SPELLS *WEALTH SPELLS *ATTRACTION SPELLS *HIV CURE SPELLS *CASINO SPELLS *REMOVE CURSE SPELLS *PROTECTION SPELLS *LOTTERY SPELLS *GOOD LUCK SPELLS *FERTILITY SPELLS
or Register to post a comment