At the state level, average mathematics scores were mainly steady across states/jurisdictions at both grades since 2017: at grade 4, scores were higher in nine and lower in 3 states/jurisdictions. Eighth graders' reading scores decreased three points, to 263. Fourth- and eighth-graders in 27 urban districts participated in the mathematics and reading assessments in 2019. WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The average reading score for American fourth- and eighth-grade students decreased between 2017 and 2019, according to The Nation's Report Card, released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Compared to a decade ago, the 2019 average reading scores at each grade were not significantly different, but they were higher when compared to the assessment in 1992. 2019 NAEP Results . In mathematics, fourth-grade Hispanic students scored higher in 2019 than in 2017, and eighth-grade American Indian/Alaska Native students scored lower. "It is especially discouraging to see declines for students at the lowest levels of achievement. Changes in mathematics scores were mixed over the two-year period, with an increase at grade 4 and a decrease at grade 8. Fourth-graders' mathematics scores increase; eighth-graders' mathematics and reading scores decrease. The NAEP achievement levels are used on a trial basis and therefore should be interpreted with care to ensure a proper understanding of performance. All Rights Reserved. The results extend a decade-long period where average scores in reading and math have remained essentially flat. CONTACT:Grady Wilburn, NCES, [email protected], (202) 245-8159 OREmily Martin, Hager Sharp, [email protected], (202) 706-7471, SOURCE The National Center for Education Statistics, Cision Distribution 888-776-0942 Reading scores were lower compared in 2017 in three districts at grade 4 and in 11 districts at grade 8. Average scores for fourth-grade reading decreased in three of the districts: Average scores for eighth-grade reading decreased in 11 of the districts: Albuquerque. Over the long term, however, the national average scores in both subjects were higher for both grades compared to the initial assessment years (1990 for mathematics and 1992 for reading). There was no significant change during that time for mathematics. In fourth-grade reading, 17 states had declines between 2017 and 2019, while one state improved. The 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress, also called NAEP or the Nation's Report Card, was administered to more than 600,000 students enrolled in … These online Highlights present overviews of grade 12 results from the NAEP 2019 mathematics report and the 2019 reading report. Explore the Institute of Education Sciences, Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), National Household Education Survey (NHES), Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), Career/Technical Education Statistics (CTES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program - (SLDS), National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), NAEP State Profiles (, Public School District Finance Peer Search. Reading scores for 8th graders dropped four points, from 267 to 263. White and Black fourth- and eighth-grade students scored lower in reading in 2019 compared to 2017. Results of the 2019 NAEP, also known as the Nation's Report Card, showed elementary and middle school students scored worse in reading than they did two years ago. Browse the 2019 NAEP Mathematics Assessment Highlights. Highlighted results include key findings for the nation, states/jurisdictions, and the 27 districts that participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) at grades 4 and 8. District ResultsNCES also reports student achievement for selected large urban school districts through the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program. But that obscures another troubling trend: While the … Dr. Carr also noted that eighth-graders' performance declined in both reading and mathematics. In eighth-grade mathematics, six states saw declines, while three states showed improvement. In 2019, NCES assessed approximately 293,700 students in reading and 296,900 students in mathematics. In 2019, NAEP will administer mathematics and reading pilot assessments on tablets to students in grades 4 and 8. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP. In eighth-grade reading, most states (31) also had decreases, while one state improved. "In fact, over the long term in reading, the lowest performing students—those readers who struggle the most—have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago.". "Eighth grade is a transitional point in preparing students for success in high school, so it is critical that researchers further explore the declines we are seeing here, especially the larger, more widespread declines across states we are seeing in reading," she said. NCES designs and administers all NAEP assessments. The 2019 average scores were higher for grade 4 mathematics, lower for grade 8 mathematics, and lower at both grades for reading compared to averages scores in 2017. These online Highlights present overviews of results from the NAEP 2019 mathematics report and the 2019 reading report. Results from these pilot assessments will be used to inform NAEP assessments. 2019 NAEP Results . National ResultsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—also known as The Nation's Report Card—is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subject areas and is frequently referred to as the "gold standard" of student assessments.