West Virginia Students Continue to Show Improvement on NAEP Assessment

November 13, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students continue on their road to success. According to data released today by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), West Virginia’s fourth graders are staying above the national average in reading. The report also indicates that both fourth and eighth graders made great improvements on their math scores.  

According to NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, West Virginia fourth grade readers have remained above the national average for the second year in a row, while the state’s eighth grade students follow the national average by one point, which was noted as not a significant difference.  

When it came to math scores, West Virginia students have shown improvements in both grades four and eight. West Virginia fourth graders scored an average 231, up eight points from 2000 with 223. Eighth graders’ scores also increased from 2000 by five points, from 266 to 271. The mathematic scores of West Virginia students in both grades trail the national average, however.  

“Clearly our efforts with West Virginia Achieves, the state’s No Child Left Behind plan, are beginning to pay off, but we still have a long journey ahead of us,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Our reading and math initiatives are attacking our targeted areas for improvement and are showing that West Virginia is on the right track.”  

Scores were broken down into subgroups by males and females. Female fourth graders scored eight points higher in reading than their male classmates, with 223 and 215 respectively. In the eighth grade, females outscored their male peers with scores of 265 and 254, respectively.  

Males in the fourth grade scored two points higher in the mathematics portion of the test than their female classmates, with a score of 232. In the eighth grade, both males and females had equal scores of 271.  

“Assessments such as NAEP provides for us a snapshot of the areas which may need extra attention,” said Stewart. “These statistics should confirm the anticipated rise in student achievement resulting for the upcoming WESTEST and our revised content standards.”  

Fifty-three states and jurisdictions participated in the nationwide assessment. There were 7,100 schools that tested fourth graders and 5,700 schools that tested eighth graders. Of the selected schools, West Virginia had a 100 percent participation rate.  

For more information regarding NAEP, please contact Dennis Kennedy, Coordinator for the Office of Student Assessment, at (304) 558-2546.  

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