Oklahoma is among a majority of states that showed no significant growth on national standardized tests for reading, according to the Nation’s Report Card released today.
Every student in the nation is required to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress for reading in fourth and eighth grades.
The report released today found that across the nation reading scores have remained the same for fourth graders and increased only slightly for eighth graders.
Oklahoma fourth graders scored an average of 217 points on the reading exam, while the national average was 220 points. Only 27 percent of students scored proficient or advanced on the test, while 38 percent showed basic reading skills and 35 percent showed below basic skills.
In 2007, the state’s fourth graders had exactly the same average score on the tests, while it does show at least a two point improvement from the 2005 tests.
National education organizations are calling the nationwide lack of growth in reading scores “disappointing,” particularly given the focus that has been placed on federal reading programs.
Read the full report here.