Nation’s Report Card: R.I. above national average for first time

Reading scores up in grades 4, 8; math scores up in grade 8


For the first time in the history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also called “The Nation’s Report Card,” Rhode Island students scored above the national average in all four assessments in mathematics and reading, based on the percentage of students who performed at or above the proficient level.

The results that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the U.S. Department of Education, released today (November 7) show that Rhode Island stands one percentage point above the national average in grade-4 mathematics, 4 points above the national average in grade-4 reading, and 2 points above the national average for both mathematics and reading in grade 8. 

Four years ago, Rhode Island students lagged significantly behind the nation as a whole in grade 8. Over the past four years, Rhode Island grade-8 students have far outpaced the nation as a whole in improvements in both mathematics and reading and now stand above the national average in both subject areas. Rhode Island grade-4 students have matched the national pace in both mathematics and reading and have remained above the national average in both subject areas. 


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