Indiana's Scores On 'Nation's Report Card' Remain Mostly Unchanged

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In addition to topping the nation in fourth-grade math, Wyoming students beat the national average in the three other areas for the third time in a row.

Statistically speaking, there were no significant changes in scores for the nation, Massachusetts, and Boston except in eighth-grade reading. "Math scores are often correlated to college and career readiness and we want our younger students to continue the momentum of our Advanced Placement and dual credit programs when they reach high school".

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key said the 2017 results for the Natural State show there is work to be done if the state is to meet its goals of leading the nation in student-focused education and ensuring that every student graduates ready for college, career and community engagement. In the District, 32 percent of fourth-graders are considered proficient in math. The fourth-grade results were slightly above the national average but have ticked downward since the last NAEP exam was given in 2015. The math and reading test has been given biannually since the early 1990s. Boston was the only system in MA to take the tests, known commonly as NAEP or the Nation's Report Card, as an independent entity. The test is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. The test has been administered since 1992.

And in eighth-grade math scores, CT is tied for 22nd place, again trailing way behind MA, who nabbed the top spot, followed by New Hampshire in third and New Jersey in fifth. "We simply need time and space to build capacity and improvement will be seen by 2020's administration of NAEP". Fifty-four percent of white Virginia fourth graders performed at or above the proficient level, compared with 21 percent of blacks and 29 percent of Hispanics. The national average was 267. By contrast on the fourth-grade reading exam, not a single state secured higher score, as results were either stagnant or declined.

The assessment shows roughly one-third (34 percent) of US eighth-graders and 40 percent of fourth-graders showed proficiency in reading and math in 2017 - a trend that's remained since a jump in scores in the 1990s and early 2000s. For instance, Wyoming is tied with several states in every metric, which, some lawmakers say, suggests students here are near the middle of the pack. The improvements were not statistically significant, but black and low-income students made a slight step toward closing the achievement gap in Washington - which has one of the largest gaps in the country. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the percentage of proficient students here exceeded national, state and large cities' numbers in some areas, but not by much.

That may be just fine: Americans have increasingly and broadly rejected standardized tests scores as the end-all-and-be-all of education, culminating in the ESSA, which in late 2015 replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and its obsession with testing.

However, I can show you now the 2015 to 2017 trend lines from NAEP and Kentucky's state school assessments called KPREP.

GLENN: Let's start with the fourth graders. MPS students in both grades and in both subjects fared worse than the state and national average.

"It might also be true that some states benefited from the change in testing mode for the opposite reason: a greater percentage of that state's students are well off and/or have had experience with computer-based testing".

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