NAEP READING AND MATH
According to data from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders continued their steady upward trend in reading and mathematics, posting the highest scores ever on the test. Notably, after remaining flat for the last decade, scores edged up in eighth-grade reading. Also, Hispanic achievement is up since 2011, and higher-achieving students are making greater progress than in recent years. Nevertheless, the increases are modest — American students still score significantly below their peers from high-performing nations — and the majority of achievement gaps have remained unchanged since 2011. Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity showed statistically significant improvement in all four grade/subject combinations. California, Hawaii, and Washington also showed real progress.