Members React: NAEP Scores Show More Work is Needed
April 19, 2018

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results across the country have largely been stubborn and stagnant over the last decade, and this trend continued with the latest release of the 2017 scores. In response, many Network advocates reflected on the policy progress their states have made, and called for more action. Overall, organizations expressed a lack of enthusiasm over the results, with a few notable exceptions emphasizing bright spots in the data. Below is a round-up of member reactions to NAEP scores.

A+ Education Partnership points out that “Long-term trends for Alabama and the nation show that achievement gaps among students from low-income and minority families, compared with their more affluent and white peers, are not closing quickly enough—and in some cases, not at all.”

Campaign for School Equity writes that NAEP shows “alarming disparities still exist across the state in academic achievement, particularly for students of color. “

CEAM expresses that Missouri’s NAEP scores are a cause for concern because there is a large disparity between proficiency levels on the state exam and proficiency levels on the NAEP.

ConnCAN’s analysis finds that although there are positives in Connecticut NAEP scores, it is taking too long to close achievement gaps.

The Education Trust-Midwest stresses that, while Michigan’s ranking has improved since 2015, this is due to larger declines in other states, not because Michigan has made significant improvement in student learning.

Expect More Arizona writes that “compared to top performing states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, or Minnesota, we still have a long way to go.”

MBAE writes that despite Massachusett’s #1 ranking on NAEP scores, “a look at the data shows we have more to worry about than to crow about.”

Oklahoma Achieves, noting that “far too many of our students are still not on track to meet the challenges ahead” called for the legislature to take concrete action steps.

The Prichard Committee has a simple initial takeaway: “These results are a disappointment.”

On a positive note, ReadyCO writes that NAEP results contained a bombshell finding for Colorado students: “When compared to all fifty states, Colorado’s public charter schools outperform the nation in both 8th grade math and 8th grade reading.”

Tennessee SCORE shares that “While Tennessee remains among the states that have made the most progress since 2011, our students are not yet performing at the high levels Tennesseans want.”

Stand for Children Colorado writes that “results for Colorado students remained flat from 2015 and the achievement gap between groups of students remains unacceptably high.”

The Rodel Foundation explains that NAEP scores are even more disappointing for Delaware, but still believes the state has made great strides.

PIE Network partners also provided interesting analysis and insight on the data. Take a look here for information from ExcelinEd, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, The Education Trust, and NCTQ.


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