Report Card Shows Reading Reforms Working, More Changes Needed

NAEP results show long road ahead

Oklahoma City (October 28, 2015) – Today’s release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores is a reminder that Oklahoma needs to step up its reform efforts in order to ensure our students aren’t at a competitive disadvantage. The results show improvement in 4th grade reading (30% of students proficient in 2013 to 33% in 2015) and 4th grade math (36% proficient in 2013 to 37% in 2015), no improvement in 8th grade math proficiency (29% both years) and a slight decrease in 8th grade reading proficiency (25% in 2013 to 23% in 2015).

“The one bright spot in the scores is the reading improvement in 4th graders, thanks to the Reading Sufficiency Act lawmakers passed in 2012,” said Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Jennifer Monies. “It shows that when proven reforms are in place, students will respond. But it also shows that more reforms are needed and that the state needs to commit itself to these improvements. The fact that 77 percent of Oklahoma 8th graders are not proficient in math is unacceptable and must be addressed immediately to ensure our students have a shot at their dream job.”

The scores also show the need for testing reform as the percentage of students scoring proficient in NAEP is significantly lower than the test scores administered by the state. According to state testing, 70% of 4th graders are proficient in reading and 72% in math while for 8th graders, it’s 75% proficient in reading and 53% proficient in math.

“As I mentioned earlier this year, the NAEP scores show the problem with not having state tests aligned to college and career readiness,” said Monies. “Our parents think their children are succeeding, but when they are compared to their peers across the country, they come up short.”