Alaska students keep falling behind national testing standards

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(App users, to view the interactive data visualization, follow this link).

Data is sourced from The Nation's Report Card and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

National test scores indicate that Alaska's students are continuing to drift further away from the nation's benchmarks.

On Tuesday, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress results were released by federal officials. Biennially, a standardized test is administered to all fourth-graders and eighth-graders across the nation. And recent results indicate that Alaska's overall performance continues to dip well below the national average.

Within the mathematics category, only 32 percent of Alaska's fourth-graders scored at or above proficient. For eighth-graders, this result was even lower – at 29 percent.

Additionally, both grades scored lower still in the reading category. Only 28 percent of Alaska's fourth-graders scored at or above proficient in reading, and the same goes for only 26 percent of the state's eighth-graders.

For more information, check out the interactive data visualization, above, to:
• Compare each jurisdictions' average mathematics and reading scores of eighth-graders in 2017.
• Compare Alaska's average mathematics and reading scores – of fourth-graders and eighth-graders – to the national average, by year. This average is also called the National Public Score. This graphic represents NAEP's biennial release of results, from 2003 through 2017.
• Use the three Filters – in red – to sort through, and compare, results by jurisdiction and scores.

Within the graphic's national maps, not in view is information for the jurisdictions of the District of Columbia – at 265.78 in mathematics and 246.79 in reading – and the Department of Defense Education Activity – at 292.84 in mathematics and 280.50 in reading. However, these two jurisdictions' values were still computed in the National Public Score.

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