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Nation’s Report Card: Houston Students Didn’t Make Progress In Core Subjects

One troubling national trend was a bigger gap between lower-performing students and high achievers

Except for eight grade reading, student scores on the nation's report card were flat in 2017 from 2015.
Except for eight grade reading, student scores on the nation’s report card were flat in 2017 from 2015.

Every other year, a sample of U.S. students show how they’re doing in core subjects of reading and math.

The latest report card shows that from 2015 to 2017, scores were flat across the country, except in eighth grade reading.

Houston’s results largely followed that pattern: Students didn’t make progress in either subject.

Scores were similar in Austin and in Dallas, fourth graders slipped in math. The three Texas school districts are all part of a group of more than 20 districts that volunteer to help track progress in urban areas.

“The scores today on average are flat except for that one case, eighth grade reading,” Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of assessment at the National Center for Education Statistics, told reporters of the national results.

She added that in the long view, scores across the board have improved since the tests debuted in 1990’s.

Carr said that another troubling national trend was a bigger gap between lower-performing students and high achievers. Students who already struggled did worse and high achievers scored even higher.

Read the full report here.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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