The “nation’s report card” came out on Wednesday — and New York City brought home middling grades.
Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standard national exam given every two years, shows city students’ scores have stayed flat since 2013, and rank about average among other big cities.
The exam, which tests fourth and eighth graders in reading and math, compares student achievement across states and districts. National results stayed largely flat from 2017 to 2019.
Average scores for city fourth graders in math and reading dipped slightly from 2013, when Mayor de Blasio took office, to this year. Scores for eighth graders stayed almost flat.
City officials pointed to small gains in state test scores and rising high school graduation and enrollment rates as signs of progress.
“In New York City, the Equity and Excellence for All agenda is driving results where it counts—with record-high graduation and college enrollment rates increasing year after year,” said Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Filson. "Our NAEP scores are stable since the last test cycle in both grade levels and subjects, and we’re going to continue to focus on helping kids meet the high bar for academic achievement in this City.”
NAEP is one of the few reliable methods for comparing student achievement across states and districts. It’s also considered a stronger measure than state tests for gauging results over time.
All 50 states and 27 big cities were evaluated in the most recent cycle. Tests are given to a random selection of fourth and eighth graders. New York City was around average for big cities, ranking right below Atlanta and above Albuquerque in fourth grade math results.