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Mississippi’s Score Gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Mississippi has made historic gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is considered the Nation’s Report Card. This toolkit contains information, graphics, video and a customizable PowerPoint about Mississippi’s 2019 NAEP results. School districts, media and any other education stakeholder who wishes to communicate about our state’s progress in education may use these materials.

News Release 

Mississippi Ranks No. 1 in Nation for Score Gains on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - October 30, 2019

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Mississippi NAEP Highlights 2019

  • Mississippi ranks No. 1 in nation for 4th grade score gains in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2019
     
  • For the first time, Mississippi 4th graders scored higher than the nation’s public school average in mathematics and tied the nation in reading
     
  • Mississippi is the only state in the nation to show significant increases in three of the four core NAEP subjects in 2019. Washington, D.C. is the only jurisdiction to show gains in three of four subjects. Nationally, scores for most NAEP subjects dropped or remained flat from 2017 to 2019. 
     
  • 4th grade students made the largest score gains in the nation from 2017 to 2019 in reading and mathematics
     
  • 8th grade students rank No. 3 for growth in mathematics, outpacing the nation’s progress
     
  • 8th grade reading held steady as the national average dropped
     
  • The percentage of Mississippi students scoring proficient or above on NAEP has increased significantly over the past decade, particularly in 4th grade mathematics, where proficiency levels nearly doubled (22% to 39%)
     
  • Mississippi 8th graders are closely approaching national averages in mathematics and reading, and if current trends continue, could soon exceed national scores
     
  • Mississippi students living in poverty are outperforming their peers nationally. Black, white and Hispanic students from low-income homes in Mississippi achieved higher scores than the national average in all four NAEP subjects. 
     
  • The 2019 results continue Mississippi’s 10-year trend of steady increases on NAEP, as the nation’s scores stagnate.
     
  • Student achievement accelerated more rapidly since 2013, after the statewide implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, higher academic standards with aligned assessments and a strong accountability system, and a significant investment in professional development for educators.

 

Mississippi’s National Rankings for NAEP Gains (download graphic)

Mississippi National Rankings NAEP Gains

Mississippi’s Rankings for NAEP Gains (2017 to 2019)

  • No. 1 in 4th grade mathematics
  • No. 1 in 4th grade reading
  • No. 3 in 8th grade math
  • No. 4 in 8th grade reading
  • Only state with significant gains in three of four tested subjects

Mississippi’s Rankings for 10-year NAEP Gains (2009 to 2019)

  • No. 2 in 4th grade mathematics
  • No. 2 in 4th grade reading
  • No. 2 in 8th grade math
  • No. 4 in 8th grade reading 

 

Mississippi NAEP Proficiency Gains (download graphic)

Mississippi NAEP Proficiency Gains

Mississippi NAEP Proficiency Gains 2009-19:

  • Grade 4 Reading proficiency increased from 22% to 32% (+10%)
  • Grade 4 Math proficiency increased from 22% to 39% (+17%)
  • Grade 8 Reading proficiency increased from 19% to 25% (+6%)
  • Grade 8 Math proficiency increased from 15% to 24% (+9%)

 

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