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How are we doing 2015 short version

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How are we doing 2015 short version

  1. 1. How Are We Doing? Wisconsin2.org
  2. 2. Key to the future of this state, of this country, is how well our kids are being educated. The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) is an exam given every two years, across the country, that provides a look at how students are performing. In 2015, the scores and ranking of Wisconsin 8th graders were: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/acrossyear.aspx?usrSelections=1,MAT,2,1,across,0,2 How Are We Doing? WI Score US Average WI Rank in US Reading 270 265 8 Math 289 282 6
  3. 3. Wisconsin did better than Texas in Math. Right? How Are We Doing? Wisconsin Texas Math 289 284
  4. 4. Wisconsin did better than Texas overall. Yet each race scored less than Texas. How can that be? How Are We Doing? Wisconsin Texas White 296 298 Black 249 267 Hispanic 271 277 Asian 295 312 Original Overall 289 284
  5. 5. The reason Wisconsin does better than Texas overall is because it has a very different demographic distribution. Wisconsin has far more whites than Texas, while Texas has far more Hispanics – and since whites have higher scores than Hispanics, Wisconsin is at a relative advantage. How Are We Doing? 8th Grade Math Wisconsin Texas White 296 298 Black 249 267 Hispanic 271 277 Asian 295 312 Overall 289 284 % Distribution by Race 74% 10% 10% 4% 31% 13% 51% 4% WI TX
  6. 6. When we adjust both states, by assuming both have the same demographic distribution as the US overall, Wisconsin’s score drops by 6 points while Texas’s increases by 4. And Wisconsin’s national ranking drops from 6th to 19th, while Texas jumps from 22nd to 3rd. How Are We Doing? 8th Grade Math NAEP Scores Wisconsin Texas U.S. Distribution Wisconsin Texas White 296 298 52% Black 249 267 15% Hispanic 271 277 24% Asian 295 312 6% Original Overall 289 284 6 22 Adjusted Overall 283 288 19 3 Ranking
  7. 7. The Wisconsin vs Texas score comparison is a classic example of the fundamental challenge working with any data: to make an apples-to- apples comparison. vs. How Are We Doing?

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