Math Scores Continue to Improve
A summary of the just-released NAEP data, showing small progress – but also underscoring how far we have to go:
The nation's elementary-school children notched the highest scores ever recorded on national math exams this year, continuing a 20-year trend of improvement, according to test data released Tuesday.
But results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress were tempered by mixed scores on the reading exam. While U.S. eighth-graders showed slight improvement since 2009, fourth-grade scores didn't budge. Over the last two decades, reading's improvement at both grades has been lackluster.
David Driscoll, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which develops the exam, applauded the math achievement and the tiny uptick in eighth-grade reading but said he was "concerned about the stalled performance" in fourth-grade reading. "We must now find a way to...accelerate student progress in both subjects," he said in a prepared statement.
U.S. fourth-graders notched 241 points on the math exam, one-point higher than in 2009 and 28 points higher than in 1990. The test is scored on a 0-500 point scale. Eighth-graders scored 284 points, one point higher than in 2009 and 21 points more than in 1990, the first time the current math exam was given.
By contrast, fourth-grade reading has been stuck at 221 since 2007 and has jumped only four points since 1992, the first year the current reading exam was administered. The eighth-grade score was 265, one point higher than in 2009 and five points higher than 1992.
Here's the Center for Eduction Reform's take:
U.S. Gets an "F" for Flatline in Nation's Report Card
WASHINGTON, DC -- Barely 40 percent of the nation's 4th- and 8th-grade students are proficient in math and reading, an alarming statistic that would be considered failure in any grade, any school or on any state report card.
- U.S. NEWS
- NOVEMBER 1, 2011, 4:28 P.M. ET