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Florida NAEP Scores Indicate Mixed Results

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: November 30, 2015

With the recent release of 2015 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) math and reading scores, there are several bright spots in Florida student performance to be celebrated. At the same time, scores indicate a great deal of progress has yet to be made in ensuring Florida students are prepared to succeed in college and career.

“Typically, performance on NAEP is a key indicator of academic preparedness for students,” said Dr. Paul Perrault, Director of Research and Evaluation, Helios Education Foundation.  “NAEP scores are a key data set for Helios to track as we continue to monitor Florida student’s academic progress over time.  In addition, we use this data to inform our initiatives focused on increasing the college and career readiness of Florida students.” 

From 2013 to 2015, national scores dropped in 4th grade math and 8th grade reading and math while 4th grade reading scores remained relatively flat. Scores in Florida followed a similar trend with 4th grade reading and math scores remaining stable and 8th grade reading and math scores declining across the two years.

Compared to the nation, Florida 4th graders performed better on both the math and reading portions of NAEP while 8th graders performed worse.  Based on 2015 results, the percentage of Florida and national students scoring at or above proficient in reading and math are as follows:

•    39% of Florida 4th graders performed at or above proficient in reading. Nationally, 36% of 4th graders performed at or above proficient in reading.
•    30% of Florida 8th graders performed at or above proficient in reading. Nationally, 34% of 8th graders performed at or above proficient in reading.
•    42% of Florida 4th graders performed at or above proficient in math. Nationally, 40% of 4th graders performed at or above proficient in math.
•    26% of Florida 8th graders performed at or above proficient in math. Nationally, 33% of 8th graders performed at or above proficient in math.

In 4th and 8th grade reading and 8th grade math, the percentage of Hispanic and Black students in Florida scoring at or above proficient remained the same or declined from 2013 to 2015. Additionally, gaps in achievement continue to exist between White and minority students in both subjects and grade levels with the most profound difference seen between White and Black students. Despite these differences, however, Hispanic students in Florida outperformed their counterparts in all other states on the reading portions of the test in 2015.

The percentage of students scoring at or above proficient by race/ethnicity in 2013 and 2015 are displayed in the table below. 2015 percentages are color coded to reflect an increase in the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient from 2013 to 2015 (green), no change (yellow), or a decrease (red).

The NAEP exam is administered by the National Center for Educational Statistics to a representative sample of randomly selected students across all 50 states and is considered a national guage of academic achievement.  Click here to see more information about NAEP scores by state. 

Category: College and Career Readiness

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