Nation’s Report Card Showing Slight Improvements

The National Assessment of Educational Progress has released the results of its 2013 test, which was given to fourth and eighth graders. The test consists of two portions, reading and math. Scores show slight improvement from last year, but achievement gaps still exist between ethnicities and income levels. What can these gains be attributed to, and what still needs to be done?

“Gifted” vs. “Growth”

Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck is attempting to find the reason why women tend to avoid careers in math and science. She has discovered that part of the reason may be because of their mindset. “Her work has shown that women and girls who think that science and math ability are innate tend to perform worse and have less interest in those fields than females who believe that those skills can be acquired through hard work. As she describes the distinction, one is  a “gift” mindset and the other a “growth” mindset.” Click here to read a Q. & A. with Carol S. Dweck!

 

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