NPR was discussing the National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP report as I drove home tonight, and the results were not good. Instead of spending my “driveway moment” listening, I went inside and called up the website. A cursory look at the data for 12th graders is depressing:
National average scores from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) did not change from 2009. Among the 11 volunteer pilot states that participated in both the 2009 and 2013 assessments, 4 made gains from 2009 in mathematics and 2 made gains in reading.
The only good news is that Connecticut is one of the volunteer states that made progress. According to the graph:
Connecticut’s 12th grade students scored 50% above proficient level, and proficient level is defined as:
ProficientTwelfth-grade students performing at theProficient level should be able to locate and integrate information using sophisticated analyses of the meaning and form of the text. These students should be able to provide specific text support for inferences, interpretative statements, and comparisons within and across texts.