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TEA News Releases Online Nov. 7, 2013

2013 NAEP math scores strong for Texas 4th & 8th graders

AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams noted that 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results released today showed the average mathematics scores for 8th graders and 4th graders in Texas public schools were higher than the national average.

According to results from NAEP's 2013 The Nation's Report Card, almost all 4th and 8th grade student groups in Texas - including White, Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Island, and English Language Learners (ELL) students - outperformed their national counterparts in mathematics. 

"Mathematics is a critical core subject for every student in our public education system," said Commissioner Williams. "Strong performance in mathematics of our students at the elementary and middle school level establishes a foundation for future success in high school and beyond."

For Texas 8th grade students, the NAEP mathematics score (288) was higher than the national public score (284). The Texas score was higher than those in 28 states or jurisdictions, including California, Florida, New York and Illinois.

For Texas 4th grade students, the NAEP mathematics score (242) was higher than the national public score (241). The Texas score was higher than those in 12 states or jurisdictions, including California, and Michigan.

Mathematics highlights for Texas 8th graders include:

  • The score of 273 for African-American in Texas students was higher than the national score of 263 in that peer group and ranked 4th nationally.
  • The score of 281 for Hispanic students in Texas was higher than the national score of 271 in that peer group and ranked 4th nationally.
  • The score of 300 for white students in Texas was higher than the national score of 293 in that peer group and ranked 5th nationally.
  • The score of 319 for Asian/Pacific Island students in Texas was higher than the national score of 306 in that peer group.
  • The score of 260 for Texas English Language Learners (ELL) was higher than the national score of 245 in that peer group.
  • The score of 288 for all Texas students ranked 16th nationally in 2013, but represents a decrease from the state's 2011 score of 290.

Mathematics highlights for Texas 4th graders include:

  • The score of 231 for African-American students in Texas was higher than the national score of 224 in that peer group and ranked 5th nationally.
  • The score of 255 for white students in Texas was higher than the national score of 250 in that peer group and ranked 6th nationally.
  • The score of 235 for Hispanic students in Texas was higher than the national score of 230 in that peer group and ranked 14th nationally.
  • The score of 272 for Asian/Pacific Island students in Texas was higher than the national score of 258 in that peer group.
  • The score of 229 for English Language Learners (ELL) in Texas was higher than the national score of 219 in that peer group.
  • The score of 242 for all Texas students ranked 27th nationally in 2013 and represents an increase from the state's 2011 score of 241.

According to NAEP's 2013 The Nation's Report Card, the score of 264 in reading for Texas 8th graders marked an increase from 2009 (260) and 2011 (261), but was below the national average of 266. The Texas 8th grade score ranked 38th nationally. For Texas 4th graders, the average score in reading of 217 was below the national score of 221 and ranked 41st nationally.

"As a state, improving student performance in reading and writing across all grades must be a primary focus," said Commissioner Williams. "Providing these essential skills prepares every young Texan for ultimate success in the classroom and in life. We must do a better job."

Various Texas student groups again outperformed their national counterparts in reading. Highlights for Texas include:

  • For 4th grade reading, the score of 209 for African-American students in Texas was higher than the national score of 205 in that peer group and ranked 14th nationally.
  • For 4th grade reading, the score of 233 for white students in Texas was higher than the national score of 231 in that peer group and ranked 12th nationally.
  • For 4th grade reading, the score of 252 for Asian/Pacific Island students in Texas was higher than the national score of 235.
  • For 4th grade reading, the score of 194 for English Language Learners (ELL) in Texas was higher than the national score of 187.
  • For 8th grade reading, the score of 279 for white students in Texas was higher than the national score of 275 in that peer group and ranked 9th nationally.
  • For 8th grade reading, the score of 253 for African-American students in Texas was higher than the national score of 250 in that peer group and ranked 14th nationally.
  • For 8th grade reading, the score of 255 for Hispanic students in Texas equaled the national score in that peer group and ranked 29th nationally.
  • For 8th grade reading, the score of 285 for Asian/Pacific Island students in Texas was higher than the national score of 279 in that peer group.

NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, located within the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. It is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subjects. Since 1969, NAEP has provided a common measure of student achievement across the country.

Complete 2013 results of The Nation's Report Card (including snapshot reports for each state in mathematics and reading) are available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.   

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