On April 11, WHYY ran a radio piece by Avi Wolfman-Arent and Cris Barrish regarding the release of 2017 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment and cited DelawareCAN Executive Director Atnre Alleyne:

But Atnre Alleyne, executive director of the Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now, said the continued decline and stagnation illustrate what he calls a lack of urgency from state and district education leaders to improve outcomes for children.

“The overall picture for me is one that is not good,’’ Alleyne said.

He initially moved to Delaware in 2012 to take a job as a state education administrator because Delaware was aiming to be “globally competitive and world class and trying to close the achievement gap’’ between low-income children and those of means, he said.

Alleyne, whose group is especially interested in boosting the performance of students of color, said he senses the commitment has faded.

“My concern is that, over the last few years, there’s this kind of relaxing of standards and kind of conceding that certain kids are going to have massive gaps in their level of proficiency in math and reading and other subjects,’’ he said. “There’s not that energy around calling out the problems in the state.”

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