The state’s 4th and 8th grade students mirror the nation on the national assessment as overall scores remain generally flat
OLYMPIA — Washington’s fourth- and eighth-grade students continue to perform above the national average in reading and math, but their average scores on the 2011 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) mirrored the national trend and remained generally flat from two years ago. Results from the 2011 tests were released today.
In math, Washington students finished with an average score of 243 in fourth grade and 288 in eighth grade. The national average was 240 (fourth grade) and 283 (eighth grade). Less than 10 states finished statistically higher than Washington in both grades.
In reading, Washington’s eighth graders finished at 268 compared to the national average of 264. In fourth grade, both the Washington (221) and national average (220) remained the same from when students last tested in 2009. Washington’s scores finished in the middle of the pack nationally in reading.
“Just like with our state exams, we are seeing the trend of our test results flattening out,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “With the continued cuts to education, we don’t expect that trend to change. Our students and teachers have done a tremendous job of continuing to excel despite diminishing resources.”