According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Oregon students are below the national average in terms of mathematics and reading. The NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is a congressionally mandated project that tests a representative sample of students across the country. Roughly 600,000 participated this year.
While Oregon did see a marked improvement in fourth-grade math skills since 2017, the state scored 4 points below the national average of 240l enough to be considered a significant difference by the NAEP. Reading-wise, Oregon fourth-graders are unchanged at one point below average.
Meanwhile, eighth-grade math and reading scores have declined over the past two years, but are still within acceptable bounds of the average; math being one point below, while reading is two points above.
Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, stated to the Oregonian that the results of the NAEP “reinforce the need for the Student Success Act.”
The act, signed by Gov. Brown in May, provides funding for education with a tax on business that make over $1 million dollars in sales. When fully implemented, it is projected to generate $1 billion per year. According to Gill, these funds need to be used to help disadvantaged students close the gap with their peers.
By Brandon Urey