Today we see a huge drop in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. These were released today, so next week, I will provide some analysis and some thoughtful questions. For now, please review the charts below so that you can see the data and begin to see the story of decline, the gaps that are emerging, and even some surprising demographic bright spots—for example, cities did not decline as much as rural schools.
2022 Mathematics and Reading Report Cards at Grades 4 and 8
Compared to 2019 (before the pandemic):
- Average scores declined in both subjects and grades.
- Average scores declined for most states in both subjects and grades.
- Students’ confidence in their mathematics and reading skills declined.
So we can see in the first look at this data, that the overall trend is down because of the pandemic. This is due to attendance and loss of time on task. What is next is to find the needs we now have to improve this situation, for example, do we need to make a new plan for tutoring that targets the loss and improves confidence, and therefore drives the improvement fast enough for us all to recover?