Fourth and eighth-graders in the state are not improving in math and reading that’s according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The report says the results from this year are just about the same as the results from 2015 and 2017.
Fourth graders in Arkansas earned a reading score of 215, just one better than the 216 they earned in 2017. This year’s score is lower than the 219 national average which was down from the 221 achieved just two years ago. Only Alabama and Louisiana scored lower than Arkansas fourth graders in reading.
Eighth graders in the state scored an average score of 259 in reading which was down one from the 260 scored in 2017. However, the 259 this year was lower than the national average of 262 also down from two years ago when the national average was 265. The average reading score for eighth graders in reading was better than the eighth graders average reading score in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama.
In math, fourth graders in Arkansas had an average math score of 233 this year which was down from 234 in 2017 and down two points from 2015. The national average for eighth graders in math for this year was 240. Eighth graders scored 274 which remained unchanged from two years ago and below this year’s national average of 281.