How Are Students Scoring on the Nation’s Report Card?

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  There has been a lot of buzz lately about the new findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is the “largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas” and is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card, the report released last week tests students in fourth, eighth and twelfth grade on “mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).” The Technology and Engineering Literacy portion of the report will be released on the 17th of May, while the reading/history/math data was released at the end of April.

According to the NAEP, just 25 percent of high school seniors are scoring at the proficient level in math and only 27 percent are proficient in writing. Well over half of high school seniors aren’t prepared for college level coursework in every subject area. In grades four and eight, students have progressed since the 1990’s, but have decreased in proficiency in grade twelfth.

What does that mean for high schoolers looking to head to college? Working steadily on improving reading and math skills before you get to college makes a difference. Even if you’re graduating easily, that benchmark might not line up with being “college ready.”

The test data is navigable for each state and is also broken down by demographic by the NAEP. You can explore the regional reports and breakdown here.

Read the full report here.