The Nevada Independent reported on Tuesday that results from a national standardized test for younger students show mostly stagnant scores in Nevada, though small gains were made among minority students.
“We all have a long way to go to ensure that all students are achieving at levels we all know they are all capable of,” Brett Barley, superintendent for student achievement, said during a conference call on Monday. “We are seeing really significant gains, in particular, our Hispanic and our African American student population.”
The National Center for Education Statistics released on Tuesday the 2017 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a federal test conducted every two years that helps determine education funding. Nevada’s NAEP results come from a sampling of students in 128 elementary and 93 middle schools.
The state reflected the overall flat test scores for reading and math nationwide. But reading levels among Hispanic fourth graders were up 3 percent from 2015 to match the national average in proficiency at 22 percent. By comparison, only 13 percent of Hispanic fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2009. Forty-four percent of Nevada’s fourth-grade students are Hispanic, which is higher than the national average of 27 percent.
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