Is age-based curriculum appropriate? Study says no.

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There is a  newBest Evidence in Brief and this time I want to pick this meta-study from this great newsletter:

A study co-authored by Johns Hopkins professor Jonathan Plucker has found that age-based curriculum in the U.S. leaves millions of students unchallenged.

The study, which was published online by the Institute for Education Policy at our own Johns Hopkins School of Education, investigates the number of students that perform above grade level. The authors looked at both nationwide and state-specific testing data, including the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The research uncovered the following conclusions:

  • Very large percentages of students are performing above grade level. According to the report, five different data sets from five distinct assessment administrations provide consistent evidence that many students perform above grade level.
  • Large percentages of students are performing well above grade level

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