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2015 NAEP Math and Reading National Results

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

NEWS RELEASE No. 15-122                                               October 28, 2015

           

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Rodriguez

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4610  Cell: (502) 330-5063  E-mail: nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov

 

 

**NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS: NAEP SCORES ARE NOT REPORTED FOR DISTRICTS, SCHOOLS OR STUDENTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JEFFERSON CO., WHICH IS ONE OF 21 TRIAL URBAN DISTRICT ASSESSMENT PARTICIPANTS AND RECEIVES DISTRICT LEVEL SCORES THAT MUST BE OBTAINED DIRECTLY FROM THE DISTRICT.**

 

KENTUCKY STUDENTS CONTINUE TO OUTPERFORM NATIONAL PEERS

            (FRANKFORT, KY.) -- Kentucky's public school students continue to outperform their peers nationally in 4th- and 8th-grade reading and in 4th grade mathematics, according to data released today from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. 

            However, Kentucky’s 8th grade students scored below the national average in mathematics, mirroring a drop seen nationally among middle schoolers.   

            “While we are encouraged by our students’ performance in reading, middle school math continues to be a concern and an area where we need additional emphasis going forward,” said Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. “I look forward to partnering with shareholders to seek solutions and ensure ALL students have the opportunities they need to achieve mathematics literacy, achieve at high levels and become college- and career-ready. We owe this to our students to ensure they can succeed in the career path of their choosing.”

            NAEP is administered to a random sampling of students in 4th and 8th grades. Not all students, schools or districts participate.

            The 2015 data indicate:

·       Only a handful of states scored higher than Kentucky in 4th grade and 8th grade reading. The average reading score of fourth-grade students in Kentucky was 228. This was significantly higher than the average of 221 for public school students across the United States. The average reading score of 8th grade students in Kentucky was 268. While down slightly from the 2013 NAEP administration, the drop is not considered statistically significant and was still higher than the average score of 264 for public school students across the nation.

2015 READING NAEP SCALE SCORES –
KENTUCKY COMPARED TO OTHER STATES/JURISDICTIONS

 

States/Jurisdictions Scoring Lower

than Kentucky

States/Jurisdictions Scoring Higher

than Kentucky

States/Jurisdictions Scoring About the Same as Kentucky

4th-Grade Reading

33

3

15

 

8th-Grade Reading

21

5

25

 

             
 

 

 

NAEP READING SCALE SCORES – TRENDS SINCE 1998

 

Kentucky

4th-Grade

Scale Score

National Average

4th-Grade

Scale Score

Kentucky

8th-Grade

Scale Score

National Average

8th-Grade

Scale Score

1998

218

213

262

261

2002

219

217

265

263

2003

219

216

266

261

2005

220

217

264

260

2007

222

220

262

261

2009

226

220

267

262

2011

225

220

269

264

2013

224

221

270

266

2015

228

221

268

264

 

 

·       In 4th grade mathematics, the average score of Kentucky students was 242 – slightly higher than the average score of 241 for public schools students nationally. Fewer than ten states scored higher than Kentucky. The average mathematics score of eighth-grade students in Kentucky was 278 as compared with 281 nationally. Kentucky’s eighth grade mathematics scores mirrored a three-point drop seen nationally.

 

2015 MATHEMATICS NAEP SCALE SCORES –
KENTUCKY COMPARED TO OTHER STATES/JURISDICTIONS

 

States/Jurisdictions Scoring Lower
than Kentucky

States/Jurisdictions Scoring Higher
than Kentucky

States/Jurisdictions Scoring About the Same as Kentucky

4th-Grade Mathematics

20

9

22

8th-Grade Mathematics

7

30

14

 

 

NAEP MATHEMATICS SCALE SCORES – TRENDS SINCE 2000

 

Kentucky
4th-Grade
Scale Score

National Average
4th-Grade
Scale Score

Kentucky
8th-Grade
Scale Score

National Average
8th-Grade
Scale Score

2000

219

224

270

272

2003

229

234

274

276

2005

231

237

274

278

2007

235

239

279

280

2009

239

239

279

282

2011

241

240

282

283

2013

241

241

281

284

2015

242

240

278

281

 

 

·       Kentucky's results have remained steady over the past few years, with minor gains and losses, yet are up over time. Since 1998, Kentucky’s 4th graders have gained 10 points on the NAEP reading assessment, and 8th graders have gained six points. Since 2000, Kentucky’s 4th graders have gained 23 points on the NAEP mathematics assessment, and 8th graders have gained 8 points.

 

             In 2015, all 50 states, along with the District of Columbia and Department of Defense schools, participated in the NAEP reading and mathematics assessments.

             “The information included in the NAEP results provides useful information on how students are performing not only in Kentucky but across states,” Pruitt said. “While many states saw scores decrease this year – particularly at the 8th grade level – according to analysis at the national level, the data doesn’t support one specific reason why this happened.”

            The NAEP grading scale ranges from 0 to 500. Students' performance on NAEP fits into one of four categories: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient or Advanced.

            In Kentucky, in reading, 75 percent of 4th graders and 78 percent of 8th graders scored at the Basic level or above. In mathematics, 84 percent of 4th graders and 68 percent of 8th graders scored at the Basic level or above.

                 NAEP protects the confidentiality of students, teachers and schools that participate by not reporting individual student, teacher or school data. However, NAEP does provide results for major demographic groups, and states that meet NAEP reporting criteria are able to compare their results with both national results and the results of other states.

            “When we look at a break down in scores by gender, free/reduced-price meal eligibility and ethnicity, we see some very modest improvements in closing the achievement gap in some areas, and in other areas are seeing it increase,” Pruitt said. “We have to find a way to consistently close the achievement gap and any learning opportunity gaps that may exist by increasing the achievement levels for all students. According to the 2015 TELL Kentucky Survey, six out of every 10 teachers in Kentucky say they need more professional learning on how to effectively close the achievement gaps in their classrooms, so making sure they get the help they need will be one place to start.”

NAEP READING SCALE SCORES BY GENDER

 

4th Grade Male

4th Grade Female

8th Grade Male

8th Grade Female

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

1998

216

210

219

215

256

253

269

268

2002

215

214

224

220

261

258

270

267

2003

215

213

223

220

261

256

272

267

2005

218

214

222

220

258

255

270

266

2007

219

216

226

223

257

256

266

266

2009

222

216

229

223

263

258

271

267

2011

223

217

227

223

264

259

274

268

2013

221

217

228

224

266

261

273

271

2015

226

218

230

225

263

259

273

269

 

 

 

NAEP READING SCALE SCORES BY FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY

 

4th Grade

Eligible

4th Grade

Not Eligible

8th Grade

Eligible

8th Grade

Not Eligible

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

1998

206

195

227

226

251

245

270

268

2002

209

202

229

229

253

249

273

271

2003

209

201

229

229

257

246

273

271

2005

212

203

228

230

256

247

271

270

2007

212

205

234

232

252

247

271

271

2009

215

206

236

232

257

249

276

273

2011

216

207

236

234

260

251

278

275

2013

213

207

237

236

258

254

281

278

2015

219

209

241

237

259

253

279

276

 

 

NAEP READING SCALE SCORES BY RACE

 

4th Grade

White

4th Grade

African American

8th Grade

White

8th Grade

African American

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

1998

220

223

199

192

264

268

246

242

2002

222

227

199

198

267

271

248

244

2003

221

227

202

197

269

270

245

244

2005

222

228

203

199

266

269

248

242

2007

225

230

203

203

264

270

247

244

2009     

228

229

204

204

269

271

249

245

2011

226

230

210

205

271

272

248

248

2013

227

231

204

205

272

275

247

250

2015

231

232

212

206

271

273

247

247

 

 

NAEP MATHEMATICS SCALE SCORES BY GENDER

 

4th Grade Male

4th Grade Female

8th Grade Male

8th Grade Female

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

2000

220

225

219

223

271

273

269

271

2003

230

235

227

233

275

277

274

275

2005

233

238

230

236

275

278

273

277

2007

237

240

234

238

280

281

277

279

2009

240

240

238

238

281

283

278

281

2011

242

241

240

239

282

283

281

282

2013

242

242

241

241

281

284

280

283

2015

243

241

240

239

277

281

279

281

 

 

NAEP MATHEMATICS SCALE SCORES BY FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY

 

4th Grade

Eligible-

4th Grade

Not Eligible -

8th Grade

Eligible-

8th Grade

Not Eligible -

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

2000

207

208

230

235

255

253

280

283

2003

220

222

237

244

261

258

284

287

2005

224

225

240

248

264

261

283

288

2007

226

227

245

249

267

265

288

291

2009

229

228

249

250

268

266

290

293

2011

232

229

251

252

271

269

294

295

2013

232

230

251

254

268

270

293

297

2015

234

229

255

253

268

268

291

296

 

 

NAEP MATHEMATICS SCALE SCORES BY RACE

 

4th Grade

White-

4th Grade

African American

8th Grade

White

8th Grade

African American

 

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

KY

NATION

2000

223

233

196

203

272

283

250

243

2003

231

243

214

216

277

287

250

252

2005

234

246

217

220

276

288

255

254

2007

238

248

219

222

282

290

257

259

2009

241

248

220

222

282

292

258

260

2011

243

249

225

224

284

293

261

262

2013

244

250

224

224

283

293

260

263

2015

244

248

226

224

281

291

257

260

 

 

            For more than 40 years, NAEP has been the country’s only nationally representative and continuing survey of students’ educational achievement. The assessment is authorized by Congress, directed by the National Center for Education Statistics and developed by Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey. Westat, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, conducts sample selection and data collection.

            More information is available from http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.

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