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Closing the Gap in Reading and Math: NAEP Trends Show Significant Positive Effects for Almost Half the States

Author(s)Rolf Blank, Doreen Langesen, and Adam Petermann
Publication dateMay 2006
publication pdfClosing the Gap in Reading and Math: NAEP Trends Show Significant Positive Effects for Almost Half the States
KeywordsStandard & Assessments; NAEP; Indicators-State Education; Indicators-Science and Math Education

CCSSO has analyzed the state-level NAEP trends (available from the U.S. Department of Education online through the NAEP Report Card, A valid and useful method of applying state-level student achievement scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is to measure the trend for a state—i.e. extent of change from one year’s state NAEP results to the results several years later. Another method of applying NAEP results by state is to analyze the extent of change for specific groups of students, and particularly the groups of students that have traditionally had lower levels of achievement in school, such as students from lower-income families.

We decided to highlight trends at one grade level for NAEP Reading and one grade level for NAEP Mathematics using the percentage of students scoring at the Basic level or higher (thus including students at Proficient and Advanced levels).

Contact:Kimberly  Rhodeskimberlyr@ccsso.org202-312-6865