MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday and showed that Mississippi's reading scores improved from 2015's results.
The NAEP tests fourth and eighth graders from all over the nation, both public and private schools, on math and reading knowledge.
Mississippi eighth-graders had a significant improvement of four points from 2015 to 2017 with a score of 256 in reading, while fourth-graders improved from 214 to 215, according to the report. The national average for eighth-graders in 2017 was 265, while the average for fourth-graders was 221.
Math scores remained the same for Mississippi students. Eighth-graders scored a 271 for the third straight year, while fourth-graders scored a 235, according to the report. The national average for eight-graders was 282, while the average for fourth-graders was 239.
"The report card is in, and the results are clear: We can and we must do better for America's students," U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "Our nation's reading and math scores continue to stagnate. More alarmingly, the gap between the highest and lowest performing students is widening, despite billions in federal funding designated specifically to help close it."
You can view the full report at nationsreportcard.gov.