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NAEP Report Reveals Decline in 13-Year-Olds’ Reading and Math Scores Since COVID


In June 2023, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report for 13-year-old students. Dubbed the “nation’s report card,” the NAEP report for 13-year-old students reflected similarly concerning results as the NAEP report for 8-year-old students released in October 2022, the first comprehensive analysis of student achievement since the COVID pandemic.

This latest report assessed 13-year-old students from October to December of the 2022-23 school year. The average scores for 13-year-olds declined 4 points in reading and 9 points in mathematics compared to the previous assessment administered during the 2019-20 school year. Compared to a decade ago, the average scores declined 7 points in reading and 14 points in mathematics. To educators, the results aren’t exactly surprising, however, they do underscore the continued need to combat any learning loss experienced by students during the pandemic before they compound.

Check out the full report here

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