Press Release

Results underscore need for action to improve outcomes for historically under-served groups of students and importance of maintaining accurate and high expectations for all students

New York’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – known as “the nation’s report card” – remained statistically unchanged from 2015 to 2017, with more than one-third of fourth and eighth graders proficient in math and reading, while New York’s ranking among the states improved in math. Importantly, NAEP continues to reveal troubling achievement gaps for New York’s performance for students of color and low-income students, and it should be a reminder of the need for urgent attention and action to improve support for historically under-served groups of students.

This year’s NAEP results are being released the same week that state assessments begin for students in grades 3-8 and as the state’s largest teachers’ union is conducting a campaign to lower expectations for students on those assessments. New York should take pride in the relatively close alignment between the results on NAEP and the state’s own academic expectations, which offer an honest and accurate picture of how well schools are preparing students for their future. Maintaining high and meaningful expectations is vital to identifying and addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps that hold so many students back from being successful.

State Ranking 2015 2017
Grade 4 Math 40th 36th
Grade 8 Math 33rd 25th
Grade 4 Reading 28th 27th
Grade 8 Reading 31st 32nd
Based on percent of public school students at or above proficient in NAEP

 

Percent of Students Proficient in Math in 2017 Grade 4 Grade 8
All students 35% 34%
Black students 22% 16%
Hispanic students 20% 19%
White students 45% 42%
Asian students 59% 62%
Eligible for free/reduced-price lunch 23% 21%
Not eligible for free/reduced-price lunch 49% 45%
Students with disabilities 11% 8%
Not students with disabilities 40% 39%
English Language Learners 3% 5%
Not English Language Learners 39% 36%
Based on percent of public school students at or above proficient in NAEP

 

Percent of Students Proficient in Reading in 2017 Grade 4 Grade 8
All students 36% 34%
Black students 19% 20%
Hispanic students 21% 22%
White students 47% 42%
Asian students 53% 49%
Eligible for free/reduced-price lunch 24% 22%
Not eligible for free/reduced-price lunch 49% 46%
Students with disabilities 10% 9%
Not students with disabilities 41% 39%
English Language Learners 5% 3%
Not English Language Learners 39% 36%
Based on percent of public school students at or above proficient in NAEP