Wyoming near top of Nation's Report Card

Wyoming near top of Nation's Report Card

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, tested almost 300,000 students in grades 4 and 8. Nationally, eighth grade reading edged up from 35 to 36 percent proficient. That's up slightly from 2015, when the state's average score was 216, placing MI 41 nationally. It examines academic performance for fourth and eighth graders, which are considered key benchmark points in student education. There is no way to teach to the test and as such, no way to game results.

The scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) highlight a persistent achievement gap between white and minority students and show just how hard it can be to boost student achievement on standardized tests. Louisiana's 4th graders made an average math score of 229 a year ago, compared with 234 in 2015 and 231 in 2013.

Similar gaps were seen in mathematics, and the trend isn't a good one: Alaskans scored worse in all NAEP tests in 2017 than they did in 2015, the last time the test was administered. In 2017, their average score was 213 points.

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.

In addition to state-by-state performance, the results also highlight the performance of more than 20 large, urban school districts -including Detroit.

At the state level, Florida showed increases in math in both grades and a boost in eighth-grade reading. Most scores landed near average. The program lost impact over the years, as the recession strained state coffers and money meant for the program was reallocated and ultimately cut from the program. A total of 27 percent of Louisiana's 4th graders were deemed proficient at math - 13 percentage points lower than the national score.

The bar is set at an aspirational level, based on what students should know and be able to do, according to Carr.

There are a few other issues with the national results that are sure to be examined.

The following maps were created by the National Center for Education Statistics.

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"There's just been so much instability in this district for so long", said Mike Addonizio, a professor of educational policy at Wayne State University.

Rhode Island was one of only three states, including Alaska and Vermont, whose eighth-grade math scores declined since 2015, the last time this test was given in math and English. Prior to 2003, participation in the NAEP was voluntary. They offer a consistent way to track skills across the years, even as state exams are frequently revised. But first, here's a rough breakdown of NAEP's scoring system: 210 to 240 is basic; 240 to 270 is proficient; and 270 and above is advanced.

Alabama dropped the ACT Aspire in 2017 and is now searching for another state assessment.

The NAEP math and reading exams have been administered since the early 1990s. In both cases, white student scores dropped.

NAEP testing began in 1969.

"Tuesday's results, however, were undercut by the fact that the test was administered digitally for the first time via a tablet device".

This year, 43 percent of students showed proficiency in fourth grade - a number that improved to 44 percent by eighth grade, beating out most of the nation.

"It's not surprising where we are because the initiatives we have put in place - numerous things we have been developing - are not going to be reflected in this NAEP administration", Key said, pointing to the Arkansas Reading Initiative for Student Excellence, announced in January 2017, and the implementation this fall of Arkansas' Every Student Succeeds Act Plan. Nationally, there is a 25-point gap between black and white fourth grade math test-takers. The state found that schools' grades continue to correlate strongly with the schools' poverty levels.

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