The National Assessment Of Education Progress Essay

2302 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 10 Pages
According to the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) U.S. students reading and math test scored have declined dramatically for the first time in 20 years. There are many factors to take in to consideration before blaming The Common Core Standards, frequent testing in schools, the economy, and demographic changes. To what extent can schools be held accountable to meeting the needs of their students? In many urban areas students are already starting at a disadvantage or come from impoverished environments. There is a clear connection between family’s socioeconomic status and students’ academic goals. Aside from the outside contributors to students’ academic performance how can educators in the classrooms meet the needs of students? Cherry Park Elementary School in David Douglas school district, in Portland Oregon has created a no homework policy. Some parents and students are calling kids at Cherry Park Elementary School “lucky”. With the struggle for students to learn and meet academic goals is not providing homework for elementary school students preparing them for higher education and the work world? Or should homework reflect and balance the level of child’s academic needs? Kate Barker, principal Cherry Park Elementary states that students between the ages of 5 and 10 do not benefit from homework, especially when it comes to mathematics. Cherry Park Elementary based their no homework policy on Cathy Vatterott’s Rethinking Homework: Best…

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