“We noticed in the 2017 results, the gaps between the lowest and highest performers nationally are increasing”, said Brian Reiter, assessment section administrator for the Department of Education.
“Indiana, in the beginning of this decade … showed some of the best progress in the country”, he said. Under the Read to Achieve program approved by lawmakers four years ago, students must be reading at grade level by the end of third grade in order to advance. In an article about what states were on a “hot streak” ahead of the 2017 NAEP results release, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute lauded Wyoming “for producing statistically significant gains among fourth graders in both reading and math“. Fourth grade math scores also dropped across the country, but the change was not considered statistically significant, according to national education officials. “Math is a foundation of every student’s education and we will not accept anything less than equity and excellence for every student in New York City”, he said.
There was a major drop in average math scores among black eighth graders in 2015.
While Miami-Dade students largely outperformed their peers in the 26 other urban districts that participated in the assessment, the eighth-grade results weren’t as impressive as those of the fourth-graders. 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. Sixty-five percent of white Virginia fourth graders earned proficient or advanced scores, compared with 24 percent of blacks and 31 percent of Hispanics.
Overall, the only area in which scores changed significantly across the country was eighth grade reading, which saw widespread improvement. In 2017, their average score was 213 points. “We also need to strengthen our math performance and close the gap with national scores”. “This is an impressive achievement that our School Board, students, teachers, employees and the entire community can celebrate”. The test was administered to roughly 2,700 4th and 8th graders in each state past year, according to Louisiana’s analysis of the results.
A state-level analysis shows more stagnation in scores.
It’s hard to find good news for Detroit schools in newly released national test score results.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is administered by the federal government to a sample of students across the country. “We remain committed to closing the achievement gap for students of color which is a high priority for this administration”. Again, Hawaii has shown progress over the last decade but still generally lags the national averages.
“When you look over the long term, you do see significant growth”, he said. In nine states, including MA and New Jersey, test scores increased. That’s up one point from 2015, the last time the assessment was given. Louisiana Superintendent John White has been vocal about his belief that the transition likely did impact scores.
In reading, eighth-graders in public schools and in suburban schools increased their scores.
Not all MPS students or Wisconsin students take the exam.
Scores in both math and reading have improved since the tests were first administered in 1990 and 1992, respectively, but have flattened out in recent years.
Reporters nationally have questioned Carr about that change, but she insists that organizers took several statistical precautions to make sure results are not “contaminated”.