Florida’s 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress Results Announced
By CapitalSoup.com // October 29, 2015
(CapitalSoup.com) – Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Florida’s results on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics assessments.
The results show that Florida’s fourth grade Hispanic students continue to have the nation’s highest percentage of students performing at or above Basic and at or aboveProficient in reading.
Continuing the trend, Florida’s fourth grade low-income students also have the country’s highest percentage of students performing at or above Basic in reading and the highest average scale score in reading.
Hispanic fourth graders also earned the nation’s highest average scale score in reading and the highest percentage at or above Proficient in mathematics.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “The 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is one way we can measure the performance of our state’s students. I am pleased that this year’s results show once again that we are a leader in the nation in these key subjects.
“This is a testament to the hard work of Florida’s educators in preparing our students and a reminder as to why we must remain committed to our robust education accountability system.”
Highlights of the 2015 NAEP reading and mathematics results include:
- On grade 4 reading, no states scored significantly higher than Florida’s African American and Hispanic students, and only three states scored significantly higher overall.
- No states scored significantly higher on grade 8 reading than Florida’s African American and Hispanic students.
- Florida’s Hispanic students outperformed their national peers in both grades 4 and 8 reading at or above Basic and at or above Proficient.
- In grade 4 reading, nearly all Florida subgroups performed better than their national counterparts in the percentage of students scoring at or above Basic.
- Economically-disadvantaged students and students with disabilities outperformed the nation at or above Basic in grade 8 reading.
- With an average scale score of 224, Florida’s Hispanic fourth graders significantly outscored the nation.
- Florida’s Hispanic fourth grade students led the nation with 71 percent scoring at or aboveBasic and 34 percent of Hispanic 4th graders scored at or above Proficient.
- In grade 4, most subgroups performed better than their national peers scoring at or aboveBasic. Hispanic students, economically-disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities outperformed the nation scoring at or above Proficient.
- Florida’s Hispanic students and students with disabilities have the nation’s second highest average scale score in grade 4 mathematics.
- For both 4th and 8th grade African American and Hispanic students, no state has a significantly higher scale score than Florida.
For more information about Florida’s 2015 NAEP reading and math performance, visit The Nation‘s Report Card.