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2009 Reading Report Card released, about one-third in Texas and nationwide reading proficiently

Earlier today, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the 2009 Nation's Reading Report Card test results.  Nationwide, the scores remain mostly unchanged from the 2007 reading results.  Only about one-third of 4th and 8th graders are considered at or above the proficient level in reading.  The majority, not the minority, of American students should be at or above the proficient level.  Instead, about two-thirds of our students are below proficient in reading--either basic or below.

In the NAEP test, representative schools are selected from the nation's public and private schools.  The test provides a useful snapshot of 4th and 8th grade reading and math scores on a yearly basis and for time period comparison. 

The NAEP press release announced the results and changes to the reading test, "The 2009 Reading Assessment is based on a new framework developed by the Governing Board, an independent, bipartisan group of public officials, policy experts, teachers, and others.  The new framework includes several changes aimed at improving the way NAEP measures reading comprehension.  The assessment not only tests how well students locate and recall information, but also how well they integrate ideas."

  National and Texas 4th grade reading comparison

  average score below basic basic proficient above
National 220 34 34 24 7
Texas 219 35 37 22 6

                                          

 

National and Texas 8th grade reading comparison

  average score below basic basic proficient above
National 262 26 43 28 2
Texas 260 27 46 25 2

For a complete snapshot of Texas scores, 4th grade and 8th grade

For all Texas results since 1992 click here

For the entire 2009 Reading Report Card click here

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