From the Federal Register:
“The National Assessment of Educational Progress, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, is a federally authorized survey of student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12 in various subject areas, such as mathematics, reading, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, technology and engineering literacy, and the arts.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act requires the assessment to collect data on specified student groups and characteristics, including information organized by race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability, and limited English proficiency.”
According to the Civil Rights Act, collecting data to be organized by race, ethnicity, and gender is illegal. It promotes and supports racism, segregation, and discrimination.
“. . . It requires fair and accurate presentation of achievement data and permits the collection of background, noncognitive, or descriptive information that is related to academic achievement and aids in fair reporting of results.”
Background, non-cognitive, and descriptive information about children has little to do with their academic achievement.
“. . . The intent of the law is to provide representative sample data on student achievement for the nation, the states, and subpopulations of students and to monitor progress over time. . . ”
The intent of the National Assessment of Educational Progress is to continue to place our children in a competition for the capitalistic control of an economy to which they will become enslaved.
NAEP does nothing more that strike fear in the hearts of “middle class” America that our children are not as “smart” as other children around the world.
When we, as a nation, begin to believe in the gifts and talents that all of our children possess, we will change the nature and the system of education so that it is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential and committed to discovering, developing, and directing those gifts and talents towards creating a society of citizens that are actively involved in the governing of our United States.
We will achieve educational progress when we begin to provide every child in America with an excellent education, regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability, or limited English proficiency.
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