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RI students show progress on NAEP

November 1, 2011

Rhode Island students made gains on the latest national test of math and English.

The State Department of Education says 2011 marks the first year that Rhode Island students scored at or above the national average on all four tests administered by the federal government for the “Nation’s Report Card.”

In mathematics, 34 percent of Rhode Island 8th-graders were proficient, an increase of 6 percentage points since 2009. 43 percent of 4th grade students were proficient, an increase of 4 percentage points.

In reading, 35 percent of Rhode Island 4th-graders were proficient, a drop of 1 percentage point – but still higher than the national average. 33 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders were proficient, an increase of 5 percentage points.

Rhode Island has typically been in the middle and this year ranks 23rd out of 52 states.

Significant gaps continue for minority and low-income students, but there has been a little progress on that front: Hispanic students in Rhode Island are no longer the lowest-scoring in the country, as they were in 2009.

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