The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), one measure used to determine how students are performing in mathematics and English language arts in the 4th and 8th grades, was released Wednesday showing Kentucky students continue to outperform peers from across the nation.
The data, known as the Nation’s Report Card, shows Kentucky as one of the highest scoring states in fourth-grade and eighth grade reading. While the national score showed an average of 221, Kentucky’s fourth-grade reading scores were 228. The eighth-grade results showed students across the U.S. scoring an average of 264 while Kentucky students scored 268.
In mathematics, Kentucky’s fourth-grade students scored slightly higher than other states. There are fewer than ten other states that scored higher than Kentucky in this category. Eighth-grade scores reflected the 3-point drop that was seen nationally.
This new data underscores the importance of Kentucky continuing its efforts to ensure that the state’s students achieve at a high level and are career and college ready, according to Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.
“Kentucky has led the nation in reforming education. The 2015 NAEP data is largely encouraging for our state. While there are many positive takeaways from the data, the report should reaffirm our commitment to doing everything we can to help our students succeed,” Adkisson said.
Adkisson noted that the NAEP is only one tool used to evaluate student success and noted Kentucky’s ACT scores, which measure students’ academic readiness for college, have been on the rise.