Shocker: National test scores plummet…

“The test scores indicate a learning deficit that could resonate for years” WSJ
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This week, the National Assessment of Educational Progress released the  “Nation’s Report Card.”

The results of tests administered to 4th graders show unprecedented drops in test scores.

4th grade is considered by many educators to be a pivotal year for students learning.

4th grade test scores, in effect, measure a student’s preparedness for “upper” elementary school and beyond.

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Specifically, average scores in reading for 2022 declined to 215 out of a possible 500, falling five points from 2020.

Math scores fell seven points, to 234.

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Math and reading scores for the exam are now at their lowest levels since 2000.

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Drilling down in math

The drop-off in math scores was most severe for Hispanics and Blacks.

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Data source: WaPo

Asian-American students are still the educational gold standard … scoring higher than other groups by statistically significant margins.

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Data source: WaPo

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Drilling down in reading

Only Asian-American students scored at a level comparable to 2020

Reading scores for all other groups dropped by 2 to 3 percentage points.

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Data source: WaPo

As in math, Asian-American students set the high bar … scoring higher than other groups by statistically significant margins.

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Data source: WaPo

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Education pundits opine: The test scores indicate
a learning deficit that could resonate for years.

Among their recovery recommendations:

  • Refocus curriculum on math & reading
  • Shrink class sizes
  • Provide more one-on-one tutoring
  • More homework
  • Extend the school year with mandatory summer school

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