Gov. Bob Wise Comments On 2012 National Assessment Of Educational Progress Long-Term Trend Assessments In Reading And Mathematics
Washington, DC – Today’s results from the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics show significant gains for nine- and thirteen-year-olds since testing began in the early 1970s, but no changes for the nation’s seventeen-year-olds. The results also show shrinking achievement gaps between white students and their black and Hispanic peers. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“Today’s results are the nation’s education electrocardiogram and show positive results for the early grades and increased performance by students of color, but the nation’s high school students are in desperate need of serious attention.
“The No Child Left Behind Act largely ignored high schools and the consequences are clear-the average performance of the nation’s high school students has remained flat for forty years while the economy’s demands have ramped up tremendously.
“Today’s economic trends show the rapidly growing need for college- and career-ready students; these results show that most of the nation’s seventeen-year-olds are career ready, but only if you’re talking about jobs from the 1970s.”