Posted BY: Carole Hornsby Haynes

A series of tests by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), better known as the Nation’s Report Card, shows that fifty years of student academic progress have been wiped out.  Unless this is reversed, America as a free nation faces a grim future.

Test scores released this week for a sample of 8,700 13-year-olds showed that math scores had the largest drop ever since 1990, with reading scores about the same as those in the initial test in 1971.  In a survey on the exam, fewer students said they read for pleasure, an activity that correlates with stronger academic performance.  Absenteeism has doubled since 2020, and mental health issues were noted. 

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NAEP test results in 2022 for 9-year-olds also showed steep declines with a first-time drop in math since the initial 1973 test and the lowest reading scores since 1990.

NAEP results for eighth graders released in May reported that only 13 percent were proficient in U.S. history, the fruit of a decline that began in 2014.  Civics scores saw the first-ever drop, with only 22 percent of students proficient. 

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