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05/07/14

Math, Reading Performance Is Stagnant Among U.S. 12th-Graders, Assessment Finds

Washington Post (DC) (05/07/14) Brown, Emma

seniors nationwide have not shown improvement in their math and reading performance since 2009. Data released in November for fourth- and eighth-grade students demonstrated continued slow improvement, but the performance of 12th graders has been stagnant in recent years, with lower reading scores among seniors since 1992. Further, the 2013 NAEP showed continued achievement gaps. While the margin between white and Latino 12th graders in reading proficiency has not changed in 15 years, the margin between white and black students has widened due to a drop in the average reading scores among black students. Math scores have at least climbed three points from 2005 but have made no increases since 2009.
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