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Arizona 10-year NAEP Trend Remains Strong
April 10, 2018

The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) has released fourth and eighth grade math and reading results from the 2017 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is designed to inform the public about academic achievement of American elementary and secondary students.  As Arizona continues to tackle numerous important educational challenges, the Arizona 10-year (2007-17) trend NAEP scores remain strong, while the two-year (2015-17) comparative results are mixed.

 

The Arizona average scale scores for 2017 NAEP are +8 in Grade 8 Reading, +6 in Grade 8 Math, +5 in Grade 4 Reading, and +2 in Grade 4 Math when compared to Arizona average scale scores for 2007.

2017 Arizona Grade 8 Reading

      • Arizona students maintained the same average scale score in 2017 that they received in 2015 (263).
      • Arizona students with a disability (SD) had an average scale score of 233; this was +7 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona SD students in 2015 (226).
      • Arizona African-American students had an average scale score of 254; this was a +5 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona African-American students in 2015 (249).
      • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 254; this was a +10 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (244).

2017 Arizona Grade 8 Math

      • Arizona students had an average scale score that equaled the national average scale score (282).
      • Arizona Asian students had an average scale score of 316; this was a +11 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona Asian students in 2015 (305).
      • Arizona African-American students had an average scale score of 272; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona African-American students in 2015 (269).
      • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 263; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (260). 

2017 Arizona Grade 4 Reading

      • Arizona students maintained the same average scale score in 2017 that they received in 2015 (263).
      • Arizona SD students had an average scale score of 183; this was +6 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona SD students in 2015 (177).
      • Arizona English Learner (EL) students had an average scale score of 171; this was a +6 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona EL students in 2015 (165).
      • Arizona white students had an average scale score of 232; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona white students in 2015 (229).

2017 Arizona Grade 4 Math

      • Arizona students had an average scale of 234; this was a -4 scale-point decrease from that of Arizona students in 2015 (238).
      • Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students had an average scale score of 223; this was a +3 scale-point improvement from that of Arizona American Indian/Alaskan Native students in 2015 (220).

What is NAEP?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the largest national assessment to evaluate the nation’s students understanding in core subjects. NAEP was founded and mandated by Congress in 1969.

Why Is NAEP Important? 
NAEP was created to provide a common national yardstick for accurately evaluating the performance of American students.

What grade levels or students take the NAEP test?
A sample of students from every state in grades 4, 8, and 12 (or ages 9, 13, and 17) take the test. These ages/grades are recommended because they represent critical articulation in academics progress.

When does NAEP testing take place?
NAEP will take place between January and March. The test results will be available in winter.

What material does NAEP cover?
Core subjects including math, reading, and writing. Some tests depending on age/grade also include science, social studies, engineering literacy, and civics.

What medium is used to take the NAEP test?
A vast majority of tests taken after 2015 were on tablets/computers with a keyboard. A select few had the option to take the test with paper and pen. Starting in 2018 all tests except for geography/ social studies will be taken digitally. 

NAEP IS:

  • A national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states;
  • An assessment that identifies the percentages of students in the nation who meet standards for Advance, Proficient, or Basic performance in a variety of subjects;
  • A yardstick that state educators, legislators, and governors can use to gauge the effectiveness of state educational policies;
  • A measurement tool that members of Congress and the President can use to review student progress during the past 35 years; and
  • A source of information that allows parents to assess the academic performance of students in their state and the nation as a whole.

NAEP

NATION'S REPORT CARD IN THE DIGITAL ERA
October 2017

How do we know what students know in the 3 “R’s”? In 2017, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was administered to students in grades 4 and 8 in three different subjects: mathematics, reading, and writing. Students’ knowledge and skills in these three subjects were assessed on tablet devices. This transition from paper to digital assessment represents the culmination of the extensive work of psychometricians, statisticians, assessment developers, content experts, researchers, scientists, Governing Board members, and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) staff who researched, piloted, and checked every aspect of NAEP to ensure minimal hitches and glitches. (Read More...) 

QUICK FACTS:

NAEP Does not affect a child’s grade
NAEP testing takes up to 120 minutes to finish
No need for special preparation for NAEP testing
School personnel are responsible for randomly selecting NAEP participants

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