According to a national education study, roughly 65% of eighth graders who attend public schools are not proficient in reading and 67% did not score proficient in math.
The Nation’s Report Card, officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, revealed that Alabama ranked 48th with only 21% of 8th graders scoring proficiently in math last year.
The state also tied for 42 with only 28% of eighth graders score proficiently in reading last year.
It’s not just Alabama, across the nation math scores have remained relatively the same since 2009 and reading scores have not improved in 20 years. The NAEP is released every two years.
The data also showed there were glaring performance gaps between lower-income and affluent students.
The national report cards are different from the state report card released in February. WAAY 31 is working to find out how some of our local districts faired on the national exams.