Academic Performance of New Jersey's Public Schools

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Data from the 1992 National Assessment of Educational Progress are used to compare the performance of New Jersey public school children with those from other participating states. The comparisons are made with the raw means scores and after standardizing all state scores to a common (National U.S.) demographic mixture. It is argued that for most plausible questions about the performance of public schools the standardized scores are more useful. Also, it is shown that if New Jersey is viewed as an independent nation, its students finished sixth among all the nations participating in the 1991 International Mathematics Assessment.


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Wainer, H. (1994). Academic Performance of New Jersey’s Public Schools. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2, 10.
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Howard Wainer, Educational Testing Service

Howard Wainer received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1968, after which he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago. He worked at the Bureau of Social Science Research in Washington during the Carter Administration, and is now Principal Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service. He was awarded the Educational Testing Service's Senior Scientist Award in 1990 and was selected for the Lady Davis Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His latest book, Visual Revelations, will be published by Copernicus Books (a division of Springer-Verlag) in April of 1997.