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November 12, 2013 > Math and reading results are in

Math and reading results are in

Submitted By The Education Trust

Performance for the nationÕs fourth and eighth-grade students in reading and mathematics has inched up since 2011, according to data recently released from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Nationally representative samples of more than 376,000 fourth-graders and 341,000 eighth-graders were assessed in either mathematics or reading in 2013.

The results make clear just how much work we have to do as a country. Overall, only about one in three students is proficient in fourth-grade reading, eighth-grade reading, or eighth-grade math. About four in 10 are proficient in fourth-grade math.

This new data marks the 10th year where all states have participated in NAEP. Since 2003, some states are showing whatÕs possible in terms of performance, improvement, and gap-narrowing.

Maryland ranks among the top states in performance in 2013 and improvement since 2003, overall and for student groups, especially in fourth and eighth-grade reading. Florida also ranks among the top in performance in fourth-grade reading and improvement in fourth and eighth-grade reading.

California is near the bottom for students overall.

Although the numbers arenÕt overly impressive, the nationÕs numbers have climbed in all four areas. Both fourth and eighth-grade math rose one point since 2011. Within the past two years, fourth grade reading has risen one point and eighth-grade reading climbed three points. Twenty-five of the 52 U.S. states/jurisdictions had a higher average score in 2013 than in 2011 in at least one subject and grade.

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