|By Dianne Weaver|
In a world where student testing seems to be the highest priority, doubts were raised last week about student progress, federal vs. state testing.
USA students do much worse on a tough federal test than they do on state exams in reading and math.
Education critics, many of them not happy with No Child Left Behind, have raised doubts about how much kids are learning.
During 2005, the number of children deemed proficient or better on state exams was often high.
But an analysis released last week by the nonprofit Education Trust shows most states don't come close to matching up with the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
In West Virginia, 71 percent of the eighth-graders were proficient or better in math on the state test.
On the federal test, only 18 percent were.
Seventy-four percent of fourth-graders were proficient or better in math on the state test, compared to 25 percent on the federal test.
Other states had wide gaps and discrepancies.
In Mississippi, 89 percent of fourth-graders were proficient or better in reading on the state test. On the federal test, only 18 percent.
The Education Trust: www.edtrust.org
National Assessment of Educational Progress: nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard