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Thursday, July 09, 2015

NAEP Study Is Encouraging for Students

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2015) - States across the country have raised the academic bar for students by setting higher expectations on their annual, year-end assessments, according to the data in the most recent Mapping State Proficiency Standards study released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The report, Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments, uses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card, as a benchmark for the expectations of each state's reading and mathematics tests. In 2013, most states had their own assessment system and standards for proficiency.
States made progress from the 2009 to 2013 in setting more rigorous expectations on their statewide assessments. Among those that demonstrated significant progress, Kentucky and New York were two states that administered tests fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards in 2013. Other states made progress by giving tests aligned with rigorous college- and career-ready standards and increasing the proficient score on statewide tests.
"The most recent NAEP Mapping Study is encouraging news for our students across the country," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. "It shows that states have raised the bar academically and are now expecting more of students each year to better prepare them for college, careers and life. The Nation's Report Card is just one measure we can use to see if college- and career-ready standards are working in states, but it remains an important measure. In future years, I know we will see this trend continue as all states have adopted higher standards and more students begin taking tests aligned to those expectations."

Download the full study to learn more.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.