WASHINGTON, (WAND) — Pandemic-related disruptions to education have hit test scores, but a new report shows Illinois public schools are on track with the national average.
This week, the U.S. Department of Education released its National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the National Report Card.
The report card is a nationally representative and continuous evaluation of students in public and private schools. Since 1969, the NAEP has been a common measure of student achievement nationwide in math, reading, science, and many other subjects.
NCES Commissioner Peggy G. Carr said: “The results also underscore the importance of teaching and the role of schools in both the academic growth and overall well-being of students. It is clear that policymakers and community leaders in the region need to come together.”
At a press conference, state school board director Dr. Carmen Ayala said this year’s report showed that both Illinois’ 4th and 8th graders are above the national average in reading and math. and she believes this is a testament to her students. Resilience during a pandemic.
She also referred to previous reports of proficiency in Illinois. The National Report Card is primarily measured by growth rather than proficiency. Each state has its own proficiency standards, and growth is measured in cohorts of year-to-year student improvement.
National Report Card data is available at nationsreportcard.gov.
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