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Minnesota fourth-graders see drop in math, reading scores on national exam

October 28, 2015
AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Beena Raghavendran & Alejandra Matos
Star Tribune

Test results also show the achievement gap persists.

Math and reading proficiency scores for Minnesota fourth-graders this year have dipped from their record highs in 2013, according to the results of a national test released Wednesday. In 2013, fourth-graders in Minnesota posted the highest scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), considered the best comparison of students from state to state in the country. But scores for both reading and math dropped in fourth grade this year.

The state also saw no significant improvement in reading or math scores for eighth-graders in Minnesota. Still the state continues to outperform others across the country, especially in math. But state officials say Minnesota’s educators should not be content because large gaps in achievement show many poor and minority students are not meeting standards.