NAEP scores are available

By now, most of us have seen the results of the 2015 NAEP scores. Background: a nationally representative group of about 600,000 students took the NAEP test this year. The results, known as “the nation’s report card,” (which are released about every two years), and serve as a barometer for how U.S. students are performing academically.
The results? In reading, 36 percent of 4th graders and 34 percent of 8th graders were at or above the proficient level. That means that the 4th grade reading scores remained unchanged statistically from 2013. The 8th grade reading scores went down.
See below for an article on how this may impact the Common Core:

Racial and ethnic achievement gaps, for the most part, have persisted, according to the NAEP data.
In 4th and 8th grade reading, as well as 8th grade math, there were no significant changes in such achievement gaps. (One score gap did shrink: the gap between black and white students in 4th grade math. But it did so because white students’ scores declined in 4th grade math, and black students’ scored stayed steady.) Black and Hispanic students’ scores were down in both math and reading for 8th grade.

The District of Columbia and Mississippi were the only two places to show increases in both math and reading for 4th grade.

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