University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

The NAEP is out

In The View from the OEP on November 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

If you are an ed-wonk like many of us in the OEP claim to be, then Tuesday evening awarded you a special treat to examine the new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card, in both Reading and Math. The assessment was administered to a representative sample of  213,000 4th graders across the U.S. and 168,200 eight graders. You may have seen the article on Arkansas’ performance in yesterday’s Dem-Gaz. And you may have seen the editorial expressing disappointment in the results, but also the “spin cycle” that followed.

Within the next few weeks, we will be developing a policy brief to examine how far Arkansas has come in the last decade on the NAEP assessment, and to look in greater detail at the last few years to determine whether we have lost momentum. In the meantime, here is a snapshot of the scores in Arkansas:

  • In both 4th and 8th grade, Arkansas reading scores were flat
  • Reading scores in the nation moved up for 8th grade students from the last year
  • Arkansas students showed a statistically significant 3-point gain from the 2009 assessments in 8th grade mathematics
  • National 4th and 8th Grade Math Scores were higher than in 2009
  • 37% of 4th-grade students in Arkansas scored at the proficient or advanced level in Mathematics (compared 40% in the U.S.)
  • 30% of 4th-grade students in Arkansas scored at the proficient or advanced level in Reading (compared 34% in the U.S.)
  • 29% of 8th-grade students in Arkansas scored at the proficient or advanced level Mathematics (compared 35% in the U.S.)
  • 28% of 8th-grade students in Arkansas scored at the proficient or advanced level in Reading (compared 34% in the U.S.)
Again, we’ll update you with a full review of the NAEP in the upcoming weeks. For more details on the NAEP assessment, visit the National Assessment of Educational Progress Website.
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