Today, the National Center for Education Statistics released fourth and eighth grade math and reading results from the 2015 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
The NAEP assessment, or Nation’s Report Card, is a common yardstick that tests what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
Scores for Arizona students did not change significantly in any of the subject/grade level combinations tested, while national scores dipped in both fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading.
“It is a testament to the hard work of Arizona teachers and students that NAEP scores have remained stable given the many significant changes to our state’s education system in recent years,” said Diane Douglas, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Our schools should absolutely be commended for the steadiness seen in these results.
“However, we cannot ignore the fact that nationally NAEP scores showed significant declines for the first time since the test began in the early 1990s. As a state, we must ask ourselves if this downward trend is related to the disruption caused by the one-size-fits-all education ‘improvements’ many states across the country have adopted. Are changes like national standards and common assessments really the answer, or are they part of the problem?”
Arizona is now statistically similar to the national average in both grade 8 reading and math, which was not the case in 2013. Arizona students also maintained the progress seen in the 2013 fourth grade math results and have made slight (though not statistically significant) gains in both grade 4 reading and math and grade 8 reading.
Arizona Compared to Other States
In 2015, fourth grade math students in Arizona scored higher than seven other states or jurisdictions, lower than 25 and were not statistically different than 19. Arizona’s eighth grade math scores were higher than 16 other states or jurisdictions, lower than 13 and statistically the same as 22.
Arizona’s reading scores for 2015 in fourth grade were higher than one state/jurisdiction, lower than 36 and not significantly different than 14. Eighth grade showed Arizona higher than nine states/jurisdictions, lower than 28 and not significantly different than 14.
2013 vs. 2015 Scores
|4th Grade Math||Arizona||National|
|8th Grade Math||Arizona||National|
|4th Grade Reading||Arizona||National|
|8th Grade Reading||Arizona||National|
Arizona Proficiency Rates
- The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in fourth grade math was 38 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 79 percent.
- The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in eighth grade math was 35 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 72 percent.
- The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in fourth grade reading was 30 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 62 percent.
- The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in eighth grade reading was 31 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 74 percent.
Arizona Demographic Breakdowns Average Scale Scores
|4th Grade Math||White||Hispanic||Native American||Black|
|8th Grade Math||White||Hispanic||Native American||Black|
|4th Grade Reading||White||Hispanic||Native American||Black|
|8th Grade Reading||White||Hispanic||Native American||Black|
(All grade levels and subject assessments are on different scales)
The full report of the 2015 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Results is available at www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.
For more information, please contact: Charles Tack at Charles.Tack@azed.gov or 602-542-5072.