State education policymakers in Arkansas, and in all states around the country, take great interest in the state assessment scores published each year and are pleased when they are able to present positive results. This has certainly been the case in Arkansas with the annual publication of the results of student performance on the state Benchmark exams. While the state exams provide useful information that allow policymakers to compare schools and districts within Arkansas, they do not allow policymakers to assess the performance of Arkansas students relative to other students in the nation.
Newcomb, Misty and Ritter, Gary, "Analyzing the 2011 NAEP Results: Where Does Arkansas Stand Now?" (2012). Arkansas Education Reports. 36.