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Report shows Alabama schools are closing the 'honesty gap'

Asst. State Supt. Dr. Jeff Langham (Source: WSFA 12 News) Asst. State Supt. Dr. Jeff Langham (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's a positive report for Alabama's education system. Education reform organization, Achieve, released an analysis of student proficiency scores this week. It shows Alabama has narrowed the honesty gap in reporting test result.

Achieve considers Alabama a top truth teller. Its report compares the percentage of students Alabama's tests show as proficient to the the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP numbers. NAEP is considered a gold standard in student assessments. 

Thomas Rains with A+ Education Partnership says, "This is the first time that we've seen hard data that shows Alabama is testing students at a high level."

The report shows the numbers Alabama reports are close to the NAEP scores. It focuses on 4th grade reading and 8th grade math results. Alabama's 4th grade reading results were seven percentage points off from the NAEP scores. Georgia had the biggest gap; it's results were 60 percentage points off.

In 8th grade math, Alabama was nine percentage points off. Compare that to Georgia, which was 53 percentage points off the NAEP results.

[DOCUMENT: The NAEP results (.pdf)]

"To see how closely our efforts are aligning with powerful, statistically significant data, it's very exciting," says Assistant State Superintendent. Dr. Jeff Langham.

Dr. Langham says while the state is certainly pleased with the numbers, there is a lot of work left to be done.  

"That good work is already in progress everyday," Langham said. "And so, when we have validation like this, it just puts fresh wind in our sails to keep up the good work."

Educators say it shows Alabama is moving in the right direction with its testing. 

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