The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is called The Nation’s Report Card for good reason; the tests are administered the same way year after year, using the same kind of test booklets, to students across the country.
That allows researchers and educators to compare student progress over time. NAEP tests serve as a big research project to benchmark academic achievement in subjects like science, math, reading, writing, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history.
Science results were out Thursday for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders.
Among seniors, achievement was flat, and performance gaps by race, ethnicity and gender persisted.
But fourth- and eighth-graders showed modest progress: each up four points since 2009.