NAEP Releases Missouri’s Scores on Nationwide Report Card

Mon 10/24/22 - 08:15

Along with the nation, Missouri’s 2022 scores on national math and reading assessments fell in both Grades 4 and 8, according to data released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The last year NAEP assessments were administered was 2019.

“The results serve as another indicator that high-quality instruction matters,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “It’s clear that the pandemic had an impact on student learning and that there is work to do. We must use this information, alongside state and local metrics, to continue accelerating post-pandemic learning with improved systems and processes to meet the needs of each student.”

NAEP assesses Grade 4 and Grade 8 students across the country in math and reading every two years. In response to pandemic-related disruptions, the 2021 NAEP assessments were deferred until 2022. Missouri’s 2022 data are based on scores from a sample size of 1,800 students in each of the four test categories.

While both the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and NAEP score students on a below basic/basic/proficient/advanced scale, it should be noted that the NAEP proficient achievement level does not necessarily reflect grade-level proficiency as determined by the MAP test. Missouri designs its own assessments through the work of Missouri educators and sets its own standards for Grade 4 and Grade 8 reading and math proficiency.

Here are results for the percent of students scoring at or above the basic level on the 2022 NAEP exams:

 

Grade/Subject

Missouri

National Public Schools

Grade 4 Math

72 percent at or above basic

74 percent at or above basic

Grade 8 Math

61 percent at or above basic

60 percent at or above basic

Grade 4 Reading

60 percent at or above basic

61 percent at or above basic

Grade 8 Reading

67 percent at or above basic

68 percent at or above basic

 

In addition, here are Missouri’s comparisons of average 2022 scores to the other 49 states:

 

Grade/Subject

In 2022, the average score in Missouri was

 

Lower than those in…

Higher than those in…

Not significantly different than those in…

Grade 4 Math

19 states

5 states

25 states

Grade 8 Math

18 states

8 states

23 states

Grade 4 Reading

12 states

5 states

32 states

Grade 8 Reading

11 states

7 states

31 states

 

For more information and scores, visit the NAEP website.

 

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Wed 10/30/19 - 08:25

Missouri’s 2019 scores in national math and reading assessments remained statistically steady in math at Grade 4 and Grade 8, as well as at Grade 8 reading, but fell in Grade 4 reading according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The state was in line with national averages in all four test categories during the 2019 testing window. Missouri’s 2019 scores were only statistically different from its 2017 results in one category: Grade 4 reading.

“The long-term success of every student in Missouri continues to be at the forefront of decision-making,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said. “Data from a source such as NAEP helps provide context as to where we stand. While statistically our scores are consistent with the nation, we know there is continued work to do to ensure that each Missouri student is prepared for his/her next step after graduation.”

NAEP assesses fourth- and eighth-grade students across the country in math and reading every two years. Missouri’s data is based on scores from a sample size of 2,400 students in each of the four test categories.

Overall, the nation slightly improved in Grade 4 math but saw declines in Grade 4 reading, Grade 8 math and Grade 8 reading. The decline in Grade 8 reading scores was significant, as 31 states or jurisdictions reported lower scores compared to their 2017 results.

While both Missouri and NAEP score students on a below basic/basic/proficient/advanced scale, it should be noted that the NAEP proficient achievement level does not necessarily reflect grade-level proficiency as determined by the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). Missouri designs its own assessments through the work of Missouri educators and sets its own standards for Grade 4 and Grade 8 reading and math proficiency.

Here are Missouri’s results for the percent of students scoring at or above the basic level on the 2019 NAEP exams:

Grade/Subject

Missouri

National Public Schools

Grade 4 Math

80 percent at or above basic

80 percent at or above basic

Grade 8 Math

70 percent at or above basic

68 percent at or above basic

Grade 4 Reading

64 percent at or above basic

65 percent at or above basic

Grade 8 Reading

74 percent at or above basic

72 percent at or above basic

In addition, here are Missouri’s comparisons of average 2019 scores to the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense Education Activity (overseas and domestic):

Grade/Subject

In 2019, the average score in Missouri was

 

Lower than those in…

Higher than those in…

Not significantly different than those in…

Grade 4 Math

18 states/jurisdictions

8 states/jurisdictions

25 states/jurisdictions

Grade 8 Math

21 states/jurisdictions

15 states/jurisdictions

15 states/jurisdictions

Grade 4 Reading

19 states/jurisdictions

6 states/jurisdictions

26 states/jurisdictions

Grade 8 Reading

10 states/jurisdictions

16 states/jurisdictions

25 states/jurisdictions

For more information and scores, visit the NAEP website.