The 2017 results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) in Mathematics and Reading have been released and there has been little change.
Here are some of the key findings:
- Compared to 2015, there was a 1-point increase in the average reading score at grade 8 in 2017 (still below the 2013 score of 268), but no significant change in the average score for reading at grade 4, or for mathematics at either grade.
- A growing achievement gap: NAEP scores are reported at five selected percentiles to show the progress made by lower- (10th and 25th percentiles), middle- (50th percentile), and higher- (75th and 90th percentiles) performing students. In comparison to 2015, the 2017 mathematics and reading scores were higher for eighth-graders performing at the 75th and 90th percentiles and lower for fourth-graders performing at the 10th and 25th percentiles.
- Across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense schools, and Puerto Rico (in mathematics only), average scores for most states were unchanged from 2015 in both subjects and at both grades.
- In Florida, average scores increased in both grade 4 and grade 8 mathematics. Average scores for students in Puerto Rico increased in grade 4 mathematics and for the Department of Defense schools in grade 8 mathematics. Scores decreased in 10 states in grade 4 mathematics and in three states in grade 8 mathematics.
- In reading at grade 4, average scores did not increase in any state/jurisdiction, and scores decreased in nine states/jurisdictions. In eighth-grade reading, 10 states/jurisdictions had score increases, and one state, Montana, had a score decrease compared to 2015.
- Most changes in scores across districts were seen in grade 4 mathematics, where four districts (Duval County (FL), Fresno, Miami-Dade, and San Diego) had increases, and four districts (Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Dallas, and Detroit) had decreases in scores compared to 2015. In grade 8 mathematics, Philadelphia had a decrease in its average score. In grade 4 reading, San Diego had a score increase, and in grade 8 reading, Albuquerque and Boston had increases in scores compared to 2015.
- Fourth graders who are eligible for National School Lunch Program (NSLP), attend a city school or have a disability saw a decrease in mathematics scores from 2015.
- 8th-grade students in public schools, suburban schools, with disabilities, ELL, and non-ELL saw an increase in reading scores.
- Catholic school students outperformed public school students.
- The performance gap between 4th grade white and black students widened in Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana in mathematics compared to 2015. No state saw the performance gap narrow in mathematics. In reading, Arizona saw the performance gap widen while the District of Columbia saw their performance gap narrow.
- Among 4th graders, the white-Hispanic student performance gap widened in mathematics in Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, and New Mexico compared to 2015. Kansas saw their gap narrow. In reading, Tennessee saw their gap widen while Kansas saw their gap narrow.
- Boys’ average scores are slightly higher than girls in mathematics, they trail girls in reading.
Read the rest of the key findings here.