“The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment is given every 2 years to students at grades 4 and 8, and approximately every 4 years at grade 12.”
The most recent reading results from the 2017 assessments were released by NAEP on April 4, 2018.
“The assessment measures reading comprehension by asking students to read selected grade-appropriate materials and answer questions based on what they have read. The results present a broad view of students’ reading knowledge, skills, and performance over time.”
There was a small increase in the 2017 average reading score for the nation at grade 8 compared to 2015. But no changes for reading at grade 4 or mathematics at either grade.
“Compared to 2015, there was a 1-point increase in the average reading score at grade 8 in 2017, but no significant change in the average score for reading at grade 4, or for mathematics at either grade.”
“Compared to the initial assessments in the early 1990s, average scores for both subjects were higher at both grades. The charts below show trends in average scores for the nation since the assessments were first administered in 1990 for mathematics, and 1992 for reading.”
Florida’s scores increased in reading and math. The average scores of 4th and 8th graders increased between 2015 and 2017. Florida was the only state to see this increase, while most state’s average scores in math did not change.
10 states had scores that declined in 4th grade math. 3 states had scores that declined 8th grade math.
The Achievement Gap Widens
The report showed that there were “decreases for lower performers at grade 4 and increases for higher performers at grade 8 in both subjects.”
“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.”
Dig deeper into the NAEP results and learn about NAEP’s transition to digitally based assessments.