- In 2014-2015, on tests of Reading and English Language Arts, in many grades, a number of K12 public school programs, such as those in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, performed as well as (and in some grades better than) the state.
- For K12 schools that used the same state-specific assessment program from 2013-2014 to 2014-2015, when we compare the proficiency percentages for the same students year over year, students in grades 4-8 improved by 2 percentage points in both Reading and Mathematics.
- A 16 percentage point improvement in English Language Arts and a 14 percentage point improvement in Mathematics was shown for students enrolled 3 or more years compared to those enrolled less than one year.
- Students enrolled three or more years at K12 schools scored 15 percentage points higher in English Language Arts and 9 percentage points higher in Mathematics on High School graduation tests than students enrolled less than a year.
When states change to new tests, proficiency results cannot be directly compared to previous tests. In the 2014-2015 school year, many states newly administered the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments. Thus, findings from the 2016 Academic Report were characterized and analyzed within four distinct and separate groups based on test types. To learn more about these groupings and read the report in its entirety, please click here.