No Major Lessons from New National Test Scores

Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2018

"Florida leaders, administrators, and, most importantly, teachers are to be commended for their continued efforts on behalf of students", U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. Students in Wisconsin scored above the national average in both subjects, with fourth-grade reading scores falling by one point and scores for both tested grades staying flat in math.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, tested almost 300,000 students in grades 4 and 8. As recently as 2003, Hispanic eighth-graders were only 7 percent proficient.

MI ranked 30th nationally in eighth-grade reading, up one spot from 2015.

Ybarra downplayed Idaho's general stagnant scores, instead saying that the scores show the state is "holding steady" and that it falls in line with the national average. If students with weaker computer skills tended to perform worse than other groups on the computerized 2017 NAEP, then states with a higher percentage of students whose computer skills are weak would show lower scores in 2017 than in 2015, the institute wrote.

The national average score for fourth-grade math was 239 in 2017, the same score as the average for the rest of NY state, excluding the city. Overall, roughly a third of American eighth-graders are proficient in reading and math along with about 40 percent of fourth-graders.

MA is earning top marks again in reading and math.

Michigan's performance in the 1990s and early 2000s often ranked above the national average, but the state now lags behind it. In reading, IN students ranked ninth for fourth-grade and sixth for eighth-grade, up from 10th and 16th. State officials have been working to prepare schools and districts for this year's round of testing.

The results indicate that the District's black and low-income children showed greater gains in their test scores than their white and wealthier peers. Other large public school districts reporting results include Chicago, New York City, and 24 others across the country.

The results, released nationwide on Tuesday, shows that Utah students, much as the nation at large, held steady in math and reading proficiency since the last round of testing in 2015.

"The results are clear: We can and we must do better for America's students", DeVos added.

MI ranked 38th nationally in fourth-grade math, up from 42 in the nation in 2015. Approximately 3,300 fourth-graders and 3,100 eighth-graders in Wisconsin took the exam. Average fourth-grade math scores fell slightly, from 231 to 229.

West Virginia now ranks 37th in the nation for the number of fourth graders who scored at or above the proficiency level in reading.

Because states set school funding levels, decide how those funds are distributed, and set standards for learning, state-level officials are best positioned to examine why scores increased or decreased, Carr said. The difference between the two groups is not considered statistically significant.

"When you look over the long term, you do see significant growth", he said.

In 2017, black students had an average score that was 27 points lower than that for white students - this gap hasn't significantly changed since 1998, according to the Nation's Report Card. The test is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. Almost 30 years later, a 25-point gap between the same group of students exists today. Samples of students are tested from every state and Washington, D.C.

Through the national assessment, states can compare themselves with one another or to the national average.