North Dakota student test scores remain stagnant

Elias Hubbard
April 12, 2018

In comparison to the 2015 NAEP results, all grade four student groups except one showed a decline in average scale scores in both reading and mathematics.

State Education Secretary James Peyser said there has been a narrowing of the achievement gap in the eighth-grade reading exam since 2015. Hispanic students and black students in MA fourth grade classrooms had their highest average scale reading scores ever in 2017.

Vermont Business Magazine The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) today released the statewide performance results from the 2017 assessments in reading and mathematics.

"Massachusetts is proud to be a national leader in education".

'I am pleased to see our students, teachers and schools scoring high marks once again, including record scores for Hispanics and black students'. There were five jurisdictions that outperformed Colorado in average scale score: Department of Defense, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New Jersey; 19 states that were not significantly different than Colorado and 28 scored significantly lower than Colorado. "These scores are a testament to the hard work our teachers and students put in every day".

DODEA was near the top in the other NAEP categories.

Scores in fourth grade math and reading and eighth grade math all held steady. Colorado's eighth-grade reading results showed an increase, rising from 266 in 2007 to 270 in 2017.

In 2017, the average reading score for fourth-grade students in Colorado was 225.

DODEA fourth-graders scored an average of 249 on math, one point higher than in 2015 and 10 points above the national average.

Last year's administration of the assessment was the first to be conducted digitally. "Now the challenge is to maintain that trajectory".

The Agency of Education plans to sustain efforts to improve outcomes through supporting school systems in developing local assessment systems to better understand student progress towards meeting standards throughout the year and providing professional development related to early literacy, high-leverage instructional practices and support for improving school climate and responsive teaching.

The latest national test results show that US military students are right up there with academic powerhouse MA. "NONE. The best that can be said is that Hispanics gained six points in eighth grade reading over the 8 years". In eighth grade, 3,100 students were selected to take reading, and 3,100 were selected to take mathematics. "I guess we should count our blessing that the scores didn't drop even further in 2017". The scale for NAEP reading and mathematics scores ranges from 0 to 500. Hispanic students' average scores were 25 points lower than white students and students eligible for free/reduced lunch had scores that were 25 points lower than students who weren't eligible.

Statistically speaking, there were no significant changes in scores for the nation, Massachusetts, and Boston except in eighth-grade reading. In eighth grade math, students scored 297, which was the same as in 2015 and higher than the national average of 282.

MA was one of only 20 states to see their fourth grade reading score increase, but the increase in MA was not statistically significant. Forty-eight percent were at or above the NAEP proficient level, compared with the national average of 35 percent.

In 2017, Asian/Pacific Islander students had the highest average scale score (247), followed by white students (243), black students (219) and Hispanic students (217). Colorado students who were eligible for free or reduced lunch, students with disabilities, black students, Hispanic students and students who were English learners all continue to have lower average scores than their peers across all grades and subject areas assessed by NAEP. New Jersey and New Hampshire scored statistically the same, and all other states scored lower. In Massachusetts' case, it was a statistically significant 4 points. Fifty-one percent were at or above proficient, compared with 40 percent nationally.

The average score for students in Colorado in 2017 (241) was not significantly different from that in 2015 (242) or in 2007 (240). In Colorado, 6,300 fourth-grade students in 160 public schools and 6,100 eighth-grade students in 140 public schools participated in the math and reading tests.

Students in MA and Minnesota had the top scale score (249).

Although Massachusetts' score went down 2 points in fourth grade math, most other states also saw a decrease in that grade and subject.

Students in MA had the top scale score (297). "We are not going to see a shift in our scores unless we are addressing our lowest performing students".

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