Teen performance falls on key national assessment

Reading scores for 13-year-olds on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have declined for the first time in 50 years and it has nothing to do with the pandemic.

The findings come from data collected in 2019. They were so disappointing and out of the ordinary that NCES Education Department head Peggy Carr had staff “double check” the numbers

Math scores also declined by an average of 5 points among 13-year-olds. The decline in math proficiency was more pronounced for students whose performance was already on the lower end. The achievement gap between white and Black students also grew, the data showed.

Nine-year-olds did not suffer significant changes like their 13-year-old counterparts.

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