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Our introduction of District Deeds Sunday Reads this week is a bit different than usual. Unlike most local San Diego news outlets, we treat our readers like adults…we do not wait for the SDUSD to spoon feed us their propaganda and corrupt SDUSD “leadership” quotes to positively spin the horrible educational performance news AFTER the fact.  We provide you access to information in advance so you can measure the SDUSD corruption for yourself BEFORE the SDUSD Propaganda “Communications Department” lies and spin.

Today we are doing 4 things:

  1. Providing our readers all the information needed to access the breaking NAEP Day 2022 information live.
  2. Providing our readers all the NAEP Day 2022 Materials
  3. Featuring an article from “The 74” with information enabling our readers to clearly understand the impact and meaning of the scores that will be provided and how they compare to the SBAC scores we profiled in Sunday Reads last week titled    “Inaccurate, Invalid and Unreliable – SBAC Testing and Media Reporting “certainly not surprising” .
  4. Giving our readers enough ACCURATE information to take ACTION.

Here is the info from NAEP:

Tomorrow, October 24, 2022 has been christened NAEP Day 2022 by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics. Our readers can actually see the National, State of California and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results live from 7 am PT – 11 am PT.

Here is the link to the NAEP Day 2022 LIVESTREAM Registration Page:  NAEP Day 2022 Registration

NOTE:  As far as we can tell, you MUST register in order to view the proceedings.  We have already registered and wil be reporting the results in District Deeds next Sunday, 10/30/22.

Here are the panelists:

And here are the Event Materials:

We downloaded the documents listed above for our Readers convenience:

NAEP Day 2022 Agenda – 10/24/22

NAEP Day 2022 Speaker Biographies – 10/24/22

The Nations Report Card – Reading and Mathematics Achievement Levels Overview – 10/24/22

Another key bit of information is the participation of the SDUSD in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) mentioned in the following article from “The 74”.

This means that the SDUSD “breakdowns for racial subgroups, special education students and English learners” will also be revealed.

We have featured the complete “The 74” article today in Sunday Reads with our synopsis and analysis.  We strongly urge our readers to click on the title and other links (in red) to read the full article and accompanying information for themselves.

We also strongly urge ALL SDUSD Stakeholders to register and view the two hour NAEP Day 2022 presentation if it fits in your schedule.

Could Nation’s Report Card Provide an October Surprise This Election Season?

Petrilli: For policy wonks and lots of elected officials, the upcoming National Assessment of Educational Progress results are a big freaking deal.


The 2022 results from the “main” National Assessment of Educational Progress will be released Oct. 24. If you’re feeling like the 2022 NAEP results just came out, you’re not wrong. The scores released around back-to-school time were from a special implementation of NAEP’s Long Term Trends version. That one looked only at 9-year-olds, tested a fairly small sample of students and used a version of the exam that has not been updated since the 1970s. What’s coming later this month is much more comprehensive: fourth- and eighth-grade scores at the national level, but also state by state and for two-dozen large urban districts. Plus, a big sample that will allow for breakdowns for racial subgroups, special education students and English learners, as well as for charter and Catholic school students.

While state assessment data, and results from interim assessments like the MAP and i-ready, are more relevant for individual kids, teachers and schools, for policy wonks — and a lot of elected officials and other policymakers — this upcoming NAEP release is a big freaking deal.

So what are some of the storylines we might look forward to? Here are the major ones that I see.

No. 1: Could any state’s results factor into November’s election?

It’s been at least two decades since NAEP scores were released in the same autumn as an election. That’s because starting with No Child Left Behind, the test was administered on an every-odd-year schedule. But the pandemic pushed the 2021 assessment into 2022. It would not have been hard for the NAEP governing board and the National Center of Education Statistics to slow-walk these results until after the election, but to their credit, the scores are being announced on an impressively fast timeline. Which raises the possibility of those scores having an impact on this year’s elections, especially gubernatorial races. (This could happen in future election years, too — which could become a real problem for the NAEP.)

The big state-by-state story, of course, is going to be about the pandemic and the resulting school shutdowns. Will red states outperform blue ones because they mostly got their kids back to in-person learning faster? And might that help incumbent Republican governors and hurt Democratic incumbents? That’s plausible, so watch how the scores look for states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas, where Govs. Brian Kemp, Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott were aggressive about reopening schools. They will certainly crow to the press, and possibly cut some new campaign commercials, if their test scores hold steady as a result. Granted, none of those elections look especially close right now.

On the flip side, watch how Democratic-led states that were more cautious about reopening do on the test, and see whether big declines will hurt incumbents running for reelection.Nevada, Wisconsin and Kansas are probably the most salient ones on that score, with Govs. Steve Sisolak, Tony Evers and Laura Kelly leading their races but not blowing their opponents out of the water. If there are big drops on NAEP in any of these states, expect to see new campaign commercials from their Republican opponents by the next day.

Don’t be surprised to glimpse bad news from California as well, given that it was the state that was the last to reopen schools. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t appear at risk electorally, but NAEP results could become a last-minute issue in the race for state superintendent. Low scores might also be likely, and embarrassing, for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, though both appear to be easily heading to re-election.

Bottom line: If any state fared significantly better than others, expect incumbents to try to score points. If any fared worse, challengers may try to capitalize.

All this is speculation, of course. It’s also entirely possible that all states experience roughly equivalent declines, with red states doing merely a bit better than blue ones. After all, plenty of kids were learning at home for long stretches even in GOP strongholds, and virtually everybody had to deal with a lot of interruptions to learning between NAEP 2019 and NAEP 2022.

No. 2: Will the scores deflate happy talk about kids bouncing back from the pandemic?

While the Long Term Trends results were devastating across the land, they provided no state-level data, and several states have been busy this fall spinning their own test scores as demonstrating rapid progress in the wake of the pandemic. Here’s a sample of state press releases:

  • Arizona: “Arizona Department of Education Releases Statewide Assessment Results Showing Overall Gains in Student Performance”
  • Connecticut: “CSDE Announcement: State Assessment Results Show Signs of Learning Acceleration and Recovery”
  • Georgia: “2021-2022 Georgia Milestones scores show improvement in student performance”
  • Mississippi: “Statewide Assessment Results Show Student Achievement Rebounding to Pre-Pandemic Levels”
  • North Carolina: “NC Students Make Gains in 2021-22 from Last Year’s COVID Drop, Growth Rebounds”
  • Tennessee: “Tennessee Releases 2021-22 TCAP State-Level Results Highlighting Significant Learning Acceleration”

That all sounds pretty good; now — and not for the first time — NAEP will play an indispensable role as auditor and truth squad, serving (as Congress intended starting with NCLB) as an external check on states’ testing and reporting systems. I won’t be surprised if several of the states quoted above turn out to have egg on their faces.

Yes, there can be explanations beyond an honesty gap for why state scores and NAEP results might move in opposite directions. Some states are looking at (and boasting about) changes from 2021 to 2022; NAEP will provide trends from 2019 to 2022. Moreover, state tests are more closely aligned to state standards and (one hopes) to the curriculum taught in the state’s classrooms. Additionally, states can track individual students over time, so they can look at the rate of progress that particular kids might be making; NAEP can look only at changes in scores from one cohort of students to another.


As we mentioned earlier, this article provides key information that our readers can use to determine the depth and breadth of learning loss nationally, in California and in the SDUSD.

It is a big announcement because, as the article says:

Don’t be surprised to glimpse bad news from California as well, given that it was the state that was the last to reopen schools. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t appear at risk electorally, but NAEP results could become a last-minute issue in the race for state superintendent.

That means the NAEP results can hopefully damage the political campaign of incompetent incumbent California State Superintendent of Educatiion Tony Thurmond.

That is because the key information being provided exposes his incompetence and is clearly outlined in the following quote:

What’s coming later this month is much more comprehensive: fourth- and eighth-grade scores at the national level, but also state by state and for two-dozen large urban districts. Plus, a big sample that will allow for breakdowns for racial subgroups, special education students and English learners, as well as for charter and Catholic school students.

Perhaps the educational destruction done to “racial subgroups, special education students and English learners”  and being covered up by both Thurmond and the SDUSD will be exposed.

Thankfully the SDUSD is one of the two-dozen large urban districts:

The TUDA website has a wealth of information about the SDUSD.

For example, on the NAEP Report Card – Mathematics for 4th graders, are the SDUSD results between 2017 and 2019:

SDUSD = “No significant change in score”

Here are the NAEP English results:

SDUSD = “No significant change in score”

But, as we mentioned a few times earlier, we STRONGLY urge that our readers review the data for themselves.

Buyer Beware!!!!

Here is why.

Back on October 29, 2019, the San Diego Union Tribune regurgitated the SDUSD propaganda by trumpeting the following headline:

These are the same scores that the NAEP website listed above as “No significant change in score”

For plausible deniabilty that they did not grovel to the SDUSD, the SDUT buried the truth at the bottom of the article:

Nationwide student performance has increased since the 1990s but stagnated in the past decade. Scores today are not significantly different than they were a decade ago, Carr said.

“Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance, and the lowest performing students are doing worse,” Carr said in a statement. “In fact, over the long term in reading, the lowest performing students — those readers who struggle the most — have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago.”

Who wins with this plausible deniabilty reporting method by the local press?

#1: The SDUSD

The SDUSD wins by acting like “No significant change in score” is actually a HUGE accomplishment.  In fact, former Superintendent and recently promoted con woman Cindy Marten said in a SECOND SDUT/SDUSD propaganda article making the same overblown assessment:

“People are seeing that there’s something happening here that doesn’t usually happen,” said San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, who has led the district since 2013.

Maybe the grossly over-rated and corrupt Marten was actually referring to blind propaganda compliance by the local press she had enjoyed “since 2013″ when she said “something happening here that doesn’t usually happen” and NOT the mediocre “No significant change” performance scores!

#2: The Local San Diego Press Corps

The local press wins by getting to milk two stories out of a mediocre SDUSD NAEP performance by just regurgitating propaganda…and who knows…maybe set themselves up to get a well paying job in the SDUSD Propaganda department in the future to boot!

To avoid the same distortion of the facts, what can ALL SDUSD Stakeholders do?

Due Dilligence begins TOMORROW for ALL SDUSD Stakeholders!

A “comprehensive appraisal” by ALL SDUSD Stakeholders on the learning loss created by the corrupt and incompetent SDUSD leadership.

A “comprehensive appraisal” by ALL SDUSD Stakeholders of the local press corps reporting to identify obvious pandering of the SDUSD education debacle.

It’s gonna be ugly.

NAEP Day 2022 LIVESTREAM Registration Page:  NAEP Day 2022 Registration

See you tomorrow!

Now for our “quote of the week” dedicated to the SDUSD Stakeholders who will do their best to “Due Dilligence” by virtually attending/reviewing  the NAEP Day 2022 results, critically reading/watching all local news reports with the actual facts in hand, and holding both the SDUSD and local media accountable for untruths and propaganda.

Parents are supposed to instill a sense of right and wrong in their children and then keep up the due diligence necessary to make sure they don’t veer off that path. – LZ Granderson


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