Achievement growth in K-8 Catholic schools using NWEA data
Journal of Catholic Education, 24 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.2402012021
By: Julie Dallavis, Megan Kuhfeld, Beth Tarasawa, Stephen Ponisciak
Using a national sample of kindergarten to eighth grade students from Catholic and public schools who took MAP Growth assessments, we examine achievement growth over time between sectors. Our findings suggest that while Catholic school students score higher in math and reading than public school students on average, they also enter each school year at a higher level. Public school students close this gap to some degree during the school year. Additionally, these patterns varied by age and subject. Catholic school students in the earlier grades show less growth in both reading and math during the academic year compared to their public school peers, but in middle school, growth patterns in math were comparable across sectors.See More
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Topics: Early learning, Middle school
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By: Megan Kuhfeld, Karyn Lewis
Topics: COVID-19 & schools, Early learning, Equity
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Topics: Early learning, Math & STEM
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Topics: College & career readiness, Early learning, Math & STEM
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By: James Soland, Megan Kuhfeld
Topics: High school, Middle school, Social-emotional learning
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Topics: Early learning, Empowering educators
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Topics: Middle school, Social-emotional learning
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