1. Last year, nearly 50% of our schools failed to make Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act.
  2. Standardized testing regimens cost states $1.7 billion a year–or .25% of total K-12 spending.
  3. A recent Gates Foundation report of more than 10,000 public K-12 teachers found that just 23% of high school teachers believe state-required tests accurately reflect student achievement, with only 36% saying their students take the exams seriously.
  4. 56% of 8th graders scoring at the advanced level on the 2011 NAEP reading test had perfect attendance vs 39% of those who’d performed below the basic level.
  5. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the top 25% of readers on the NAEP had an average 255-point vocabulary score out of 500; the weakest 25% of readers scored only 177 points.