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2:06 pm CST - November 09, 2011

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Texas’ Hispanic, African-American Students Rank 2nd on 8th-Grade NAEP Math Test


Texas ranks 10th overall, with Average Score of 290 beating National Average.

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Our Texas 8th graders turned in an outstanding performance. They surpassed levels earned in 2009 when the NAEP was last given, and clearly our increased training for math teachers, and improved math curriculum standards, are paying off,” said Texas’ Commissioner of Education Robert Scott Tuesday while releasing the results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics test. The state’s white 8th grade students ranked 4th, missing out on the 2nd place position themselves by less than one point.

The latest NAEP results show Texas Hispanic & African-American students earned the 2nd highest score among their peer groups. Only Hispanic students in Montana earned a higher scale score on the math test than did eighth-grade Hispanic Texans. Only African-American students in Hawaii earned a higher average score than did their counterparts in Texas.

White students in the District of Columbia earned an average scale score of 319, the highest score for that ethnic group. Texas students ranked 4th, with less than a fraction of a point separating this group from students in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Massachusetts students had the second highest scale score at 304.2876, while Texas received an average score of 303.5460.

Overall, the state ranked 10th among the states with an average scale score of 290, substantially above the national average score of 283.

“This summer, we learned that the state’s 2011 graduates earned a record high score on the math section of the ACT. However, we know we still have room to grow, which is why we are currently revising our math standards to make sure our improvement continues,” said Commissioner Scott.

NAEP 2011 Grade 8 Mathematics
Scale score range 0-500

Year

Jurisdiction

All Students

White

African American

Hispanic

2011

National

283

293

262

269

 

Texas

290

304 (4th)

277 (2nd)

283 (2nd)

2009

National

282

292

260

266

 

Texas

287

301

272

277

 Fourth-grade students outpaced most of their ethnic group peers as well and received overall scores that were statistically significantly higher than scores for their national counterparts.

African-American Texans earned the fourth highest score among African-Americans across the country, with students in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Hawaii earning slightly higher scores.

Scores for white Texans ranked 7th, behind the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Minnesota and Colorado.

Hispanic 4th graders in Texas earned the 12th highest score. Students in the following jurisdictions earned higher scores:

  1. Alaska
  2. Department of Defense schools
  3. Florida
  4. Hawaii
  5. Kentucky
  6. Maryland
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Montana
  9. North Carolina
  10. Virginia
  11. and Wyoming  

NAEP 2011 Grade 4 Mathematics

Year

Jurisdiction

All Students

White

African American

Hispanic

2011

National

240

249

224

229

 

Texas

241

253 (7th)

232 (4th)

235 (12th)

2009

National

239

248

222

227

 

Texas

240

254

231

233

 NAEP Reading

NAEP, which is called “The Nation’s Report Card” because it is given to a sampling of students in all states and territories, showed less progress for Texas students in the area of reading.

The state’s overall scores in both grades were slightly lower than the national scores. However, when compared by ethnic groups, Texas’ three major student groups earned higher scores than their peer groups across the country.

Nationally, scores were largely flat between the 2011 and 2009 results as well.

“Our state is seeing little change in the area of reading and English language arts on three tests given to students across the country – the NAEP, ACT and SAT. We introduced new improved English language arts and reading curriculum standards into Texas classrooms in the 2009-2010 school year, and began providing new instructional material in 2010.

The new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness also significantly ramps up expectations for this area. I am optimistic that these efforts combined will begin to produce improved results soon,” Scott said.

The student group that produced the best results compared to their peers was fourth-grade African-American Texans whose scores were the eighth highest in the country. Scores for white fourth-grade students ranked 12th, while scores for Hispanics ranked 15th.

NAEP 2011 Grade 4 Reading

Year

Jurisdiction

All Students

White

African American

Hispanic

2011

National

220

230

205

205

 

Texas

218

233 (12th)

210 (8th)

210(15th)

2009

National

220

229

204

204

 

Texas

219

232

213

210

 Reading scores for Texas eighth-grade students are higher than those for the state’s fourth graders and are higher than the national scale score for the three major ethnic groups, but the students don’t fare as well in the state-by-state comparison.

African-American Texans earned the 11th highest average score in the country, while scores for white Texas ranked 15th and Hispanics ranked 24th.

NAEP 2011 Grade 8 Reading 

Year

Jurisdiction

All Students

White

African American

Hispanic

2011

National

264

272

248

251

 

Texas

261

274 (15th)

252 (11th)

254 (24th)

2009

National

262

271

245

248

 

Texas

260

273

249

251

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2 Comments

CWJensen
6:19 pm CST
November 09, 2011


I notice there is NO Mention on how Texas students fared against foreign students,
In case y’all are NOT aware…………………..Their are 10′s of thousands of positions going unfilled because students graduating in the United States do NOT meet the requirements:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/28/why-can-t-u-s-students-compete-with-the-rest-of-the-world.html

JSnoss
1:53 pm CST
November 09, 2011


There was no mention of foreign students because the test is only given to US students in an attempt to compare US schools to each other. The US compares well when you test our top students against theirs. Most other countries only test the top 30 to 50% of their students. The bottom line is few if any other country tries to educate the entire population to a level of college readiness. Our college graduates hold their own against the world and much of the world send their students here to be educated. Many of the countries we are compared to also do not deal with education the same way. Finland (the country praised in your source) and most of the countries leading the pack, have virtually zero immigration into the country and do not have ti deal with students that don’t speak the native language. They also hold teachers in very high esteem and pay them accordingly. They also have requirements like entrance exams to get into high school and firm discipline policies that the parents support.
Before you spout that Americans aren’t competing make sure you get the whole picture not just a politically slanted blurb.

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