Augusta – Maine’s fourth and eighth graders scored at the national average or higher on the recently released 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of Reading and Mathematics.
NAEP highlights the statewide academic performance for all students, as well as demographic groups including race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. The test is administered every other year to students in all 50 states, and does not include results for individual students, schools, or classrooms.
Maine’s scores and key information:
- Maine students scored at the national average or higher, consistent with previous years.
- Maine students did not show any significant change in performance in either mathematics or reading in grades four and eight when compared to the results in 2015.
- Reading scores indicate a gender gap at the 4th and 8th grade levels with boys performing lower. The gender achievement gap appears to be increasing as students get older.
- Math scores did not indicate a gender achievement gap.
|Average Scale Scores|
|NAEP Scores||National Public 2017|
|Assessment Area and Grade||2011||2013||2015||2017|
|Math Grade 04||244||246||242||240||239|
|Math Grade 08||289||289||285||284||282|
|Reading Grade 04||222||225||224||221||221|
|Reading Grade 08||270||269||268||269||265|
“Maine students face unique challenges today that can have an impact on their learning. While I am pleased that our students are maintaining performance, the Department will continue to focus on effective strategies to improve achievement of mathematics and literacy in all grades,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr.
“In addition to the Department’s MoMEntum Literacy Pilot program, we are also embarking on a similar strategy called Numeracy4ME to support schools in their efforts to improve student achievement in math. It is my hope that we can expand these programs as we continue to develop them,” he added.
More information about the MoMEntum and Numeracy for ME pilot programs can be found at the following links:
NAEP scores are only one of many measures of the achievement level of Maine’s students and should not be used in isolation from other data. The Maine Educational Assessments, such as the eMPowerME, Multi-State Alternate Assessment, and SAT, also provide valuable information about the knowledge and skills of Maine’s students. Additionally, formative assessments and locally developed academic measurements are essential parts of a school’s instructional program.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time with respect to a specific set of learning goals. As noted above, however, as standards and goals for learning evolve and teachers emphasize new content, and perhaps deemphasize other content, this stability means NAEP may not be able to adequately capture learning with respect to new standards. NAEP does provide results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., all fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students).