The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 National and Pilot State Results Now in ERIC
Dec. 02, 2010
Results of the 2009 grade 12 reading and mathematics assessments from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—the Nation's Report Card—are now available in ERIC. The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 National and Pilot State Results, released by the National Center for Education Statistics in November, provides national results that show how twelfth-graders' performance in these subjects has progressed over time. The report also includes state results for the 11 states that volunteered to participate in the 2009 state pilot program at grade 12: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
Average scores in both mathematics and reading were higher in 2009 than in 2005, with mathematics gains reported across all racial/ethnic groups, and for male and female students. Reading scores did not change significantly for Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, or for female students in 2009. Several factors, including parental education level, participation in advanced mathematics classes, and postsecondary aspirations, were associated with higher achievement.
The 2009 NAEP tested representative samples of 12th graders from 1,670 schools across the nation. About 52,000 students were assessed in reading and 49,000 in mathematics. The reading assessment was designed to measure students' reading comprehension across literary and informational texts. Mathematics questions addressed knowledge and abilities in four areas: number properties and operations; measurement and geometry; data analysis, statistics, and probability; and algebra.
The Nation's Report Card: Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics 2009 National and Pilot State Results makes extensive use of easy-to-read graphics to convey assessment results. It also includes several sample questions and answers and describes the frameworks that guide the development of test items.
NAEP is administered and analyzed by the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences. Additional information is available from http://nationsreportcard.gov/