Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth and
eighth graders still lack basic skills in math and science despite record high
scores on a national exam.
Yes, today's students are doing better than those who came before
them. But the improvements have come at a snail's pace.
Nation's Report Card released Thursday finds that the vast majority of the
students still are not demonstrating solid academic performance in either math
or reading. Stubborn gaps persist between the performances of white children
and their Hispanic and African-American counterparts, who scored much lower.
Ohio was one of three states where the score gap widened between
white and black students in 4th grade math. Ohio is the only state
to see the white/black score gap widen in 4th grade reading; the
others stayed the same or didn't have enough data to report.
Overall, just 42 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of
eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. In reading, 35
percent of fourth graders and 36 percent of eighth graders hit that mark.
Still, as state and federal policies evolve in the post-No Child
Left Behind era, the nation's school kids are doing better today on the test
than they did in the early 1990s, when such tracking started, with more
improvement in math than in reading. Students of all races have shown
improvement over the years.
The results come from the National Assessment of Educational
Progress, or NAEP, which is given every two years to a sample of fourth and
This year's results, compared to results in 2011, show average
incremental gains of about one or two points on a 500-point scale in math and
reading in both grades, although the one-point gain in fourth grade reading was
not considered statistically significant.
Jack Buckley, commissioner of the Education Department's National Center
for Education Statistics said he was "heartened" by some of the
results, "but there are also some areas where I'd hoped to see improvement
where we didn't."
Today, President W. Bush's landmark education law No Child Left
Behind, which sought to close achievement gaps among racial groups and have
every student doing math and reading at grade level by 2014, has essentially
After Congress failed to update the law before it was due for
renewal in 2007, President Barack Obama allowed states to get waivers from it
if they showed they have their own plans to prepare students. Most states took
him up on the offer.
Meanwhile, a majority of states are rolling out Common Core State
Standards with the goal of better preparing the nation's students for college
or a job. The states-led standards establish benchmarks for reading and math
and replace goals that varied widely from state.
Among the other results:
More boys than girls scored at or above the proficient level for
both grades in math. In reading, more girls than boys scored at or above that
Twenty-five out of the 52 states or jurisdictions measured had a
higher average score in 2013 than in 2011 in at least one subject and grade.
Hispanic students were the only racial or ethnic group that saw
improvements in math scores in both fourth and eighth grades; Asian/Pacific
Islanders students had the highest percentage of students performing at or
above the proficient level in both math and reading.
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