The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of student performance data in reading and math for all schools in the country for school years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. This is the first time the Department is releasing school-level state assessment data. The data are being released as part of the Department’s ongoing transparency efforts.
“It is important for the Department to continually provide transparency into our programs and the performance of our schools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Releasing this school-level assessment data is an important step toward that goal. As we know, test scores alone will never determine how effective our schools are, and we are working to release more varied school-level data that we collect over the coming months.”
The data the Department is releasing are reported to the Department under the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. They provide information on the total number of students who were assessed and received a valid score, along with the calculated percent of those students who score at or above state grade level proficiency. Information is presented on student subgroups at each grade level assessed within the school, along with information on the school as a whole.
In order to protect the privacy of individuals represented within the data, the percentage of students at or above grade level proficiency has been suppressed for very small student groups and ‘blurred’ for larger groups.
The data being released today are being made available through data.gov, the Administration’s online site providing public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Six new tables are being published as part of this release and may be accessed by visiting http://explore.data.gov.
**Detailed access instructions:
- Go to http://explore.data.gov
- Change the sort order to reflect “Newest” in the dropdown menu on the right.
- Using the filters on the left side of the screen, select “Education” under ‘Categories’
- Today’s release is made up of the six datasets named “Achievement Results for State Assessments….”
- Users can also access the individual datasets directly using the following links:
Mathematics Results, School Year 2008-09 (https://explore.data.gov/d/jie4-w22m)
Mathematics Results, School Year 2009-10 (https://explore.data.gov/d/hhtw-4eb7)
Mathematics Results, School Year 2010-11 (https://explore.data.gov/d/r3ix-z65i)
Reading/Language Arts Results, School Year 2008-09 (https://explore.data.gov/d/mvz4-m3zh)
Reading/Language Arts Results, School Year 2009-10 (https://explore.data.gov/d/s5rp-twp9)
Reading/Language Arts Results, School Year 2010-11 (https://explore.data.gov/d/6qru-yfc5)