State student performance on national tests remains unchanged

lbonner@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2013 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, also released test results Thursday that show North Carolina students’ performance on national reading and mathematics tests were unchanged from 2011.

NAEP calls itself the nation’s report card because it tests a sample of students in every state, and no scores are provided for individual students or schools.

Average scores for North Carolina fourth- and eighth-graders who took the the NAEP tests continue to hover around national averages.

The average mathematics score for state fourth-graders was 245, and the average mathematics score for eighth-graders was 286. Both scores were unchanged from 2011.

The average reading score for fourth-graders is up one point, to 222, and the reading score for eighth-graders is up two points to 265. These increases are not considered significant changes. The top score on each test is 500.

The national averages increased by one point on the math and fourth-grade reading tests and by three points on the eighth-grade reading test.

“Every two years, the gains tend to be small, but over the long run they stack up,” said Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. “We’re happy to see incremental progress.”

The state achievement gap between white students and minority students did not change significantly.

Bonner: 919-829-4821; Twitter: @Lynn_Bonner

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