The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the statewide performance results from the 2017 assessments in reading and mathematics.
While Vermont students continued to perform at or above the national average on the assessment, students showed a decline in average scale scores compared to the 2015 results.
NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in various subjects, including reading, language arts, mathematics, science and the arts. NAEP provides state and national level results, but does not report results for individual students, classrooms, schools or school districts. These results represent the first administration of NAEP's new computer-delivered assessment system.
In Vermont in 2017, all public school students were assessed in Reading and Mathematics at grades four and eight. The results are reported as average scores on a zero to 500 point scale.
On average, Vermont students performed significantly higher than the national average in mathematics and Reading in grades four and eight. However, that difference in performance is smaller compared to 2015.
In comparison to the 2015 NAEP results, all grade four student groups except one showed a decline in average scale scores in both reading and mathematics. The one exception was students without disabilities who had the same mathematics score both years.
Overall, all but three eighth grade student groups showed a decline in average scale scores compared to 2015 results in both mathematics and reading.
This is the second source of data showing a decline in student performance on assessments for Vermont students. Smarter Balanced results released in August 2017 also showed lower scores in English language arts and math scores in comparison to the 2015-2016 school year results.
"Declines in two different assessments in both English/language arts and math send a clear message that all schools need to re-commit to promoting these foundational skills for our young people that will help them to secure a vibrant future as members of our social, economic and civic communities," said Deputy Secretary Amy Fowler.
The Agency of Education plans to sustain efforts to improve outcomes through supporting school systems in developing local assessment systems to better understand student progress towards meeting standards throughout the year and providing professional development related to early literacy, high-leverage instructional practices and support for improving school climate and responsive teaching.
To read the full press release visit: http://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-press-release-naep-scores-2017-corrected.pdf
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