(UnitedVoice.com) – A new crisis in America’s schools has emerged, with data showing a steep fall in test scores after decades of improvement. The US is more reliant on communications and technology than ever, but our students are struggling to learn reading and math.
— Brigitte T Nieland (@BTNieland) October 15, 2021
Every eight years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – also known as the Nation’s Report Card – releases statistics showing how our schools are performing. Although the US education system hasn’t been a spectacular performer, results have been steadily improving since the NAEP started in the 1970s. Until now.
The 2020 figures show math and reading scores for 9-year-olds haven’t improved at all since 2012 – and scores for 13-year-olds have fallen significantly. In reading, average scores are down by three points; in math, it’s five points. Even worse, the biggest drops are in the lower-ranked percentiles, students who were already struggling.
Peggy Carr, a senior assessor at the National Center for Education Statistics, said, “None of these results are impressive… but the math results were particularly daunting… I’ve never reported a slide like that.”
Worst of all, the 2020 statistics were collected just before the COVID-19 pandemic began. After more than a year of disrupted education, with teaching unions still fighting to keep schools shut, how bad is the situation now?
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