BPS Students Continue Superior Performance on NAEP
‘Boston Public Schools (BPS) students are outperforming their urban peers in mathematics and reading, according to results released today by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card.”…’
“According to most teachers, schools are narrowing curriculum, shifting instructional time and resources toward math and language arts and away from subjects such as art, music, foreign language, and social studies.
“Two-thirds (66%) say that other subjects “get crowded out by extra attention being paid to math or language arts” (Figure 1)
“Math (55%) and language arts (54%) are the only two subjects getting more attention, according to most teachers; in sharp contrast, about half say that art (51%) and music (48%) get less attention; 40% say the same for foreign language, 36% for social studies, and 27% for science (Figure 2)
“All students appear to be affected-not just those who are struggling…”
(Erik Berg, 2nd grade teacher at the Philbrick, represents the BTU on the Common Core committee under the auspices of the AFT. )