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Is Average Good Enough? 2013 Nation’s Report Card Released

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the 2013 Nation’s Report Card recently, and the results beg the question, “is average good enough for Missouri’s students?”.

The report, which focused this year on math and reading scores in the 4th and 8th grades, showed that Missouri’s students still need our support in fundamental subjects like reading and math.

While each of Missouri’s individual scores remained the same (or showed slight improvements) from 2011 to 2013, national average scores increased more substantially. In other words, Missouri held steady while the rest of the country improved — on average at least. Here’s a closer look:

4th Grade Mathematics
National Rank: #49*
National Average Score: 241
Missouri’s Score: 240
Percent of students nationally scoring at or above proficient: 41%
Percent of students in Missouri scoring at or above proficient: 33%
Change from 2011 to 2013: No Change in Missouri; 1 point increase nationally

8th Grade Mathematics
National Rank: #33*
National Average Score: 284
Missouri’s Score: 283
Percent of students nationally scoring at or above proficient: 26
Percent of students in Missouri scoring at or above proficient: 26
Change from 2011 to 2013: 1 point increase in Missouri; 1 point increase nationally

4th Grade Reading
National Rank: #27*
National Average Score: 221
Missouri’s Score: 222
Percent of students nationally scoring at or above proficient: 26
Percent of students in Missouri scoring at or above proficient: 28
Change from 2011 to 2013: 2 point increase in Missouri; 1 point increase nationally

8th Grade Reading
National Rank: #27*
National Average Score: 266
Missouri’s Score: 267
Percent of students nationally scoring at or above proficient: 31%
Percent of students in Missouri scoring at or above proficient: 32%
Change from 2011 to 2013: No Change in Missouri; 2 point change nationally

Source for Scores

As the parent of a student in Missouri’s public schools, you probably don’t believe that “average” is good enough for your son or daughter. Rest assured that Missouri’s educational leaders don’t so, either.

Missourians at all levels (local educators, state legislators, and educational advocates) have been bustling in 2013 to make positive changes in Missouri’s public education system.

From fighting to preserve educational funding to proposing workable alternatives to the Missouri school transfer law, leaders have been making the case for your child’s right to a high quality public education in the state.

Here some examples:

· During the last session of the Missouri Legislature, a number of legislators helped prevent a state tax cut that would have been detrimental to Missouri’s funding of public schools.
· The Missouri Association of School Administrators, the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis and the Cooperating School Districts of Great Kansas City recently proposed an alternative to Missouri’s school transfer law.
· The Missouri House Interim Committee on Education just finished a statewide tour to hear from parents, teachers, administrators and communities about what’s working and what’s not working in Missouri’s public schools. (Click here for highlights)
· The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continues to work on the “Top 10 by 20” student achievement improvement effort

If you want to become more informed and involved in what’s happening in your child’s education, Missouri Parent can help. We’re here to provide you with accurate and timely information on educational funding and legislative issues that impact your family.

* Rank is out of 52 total “states” including Department of Defense (DoDEA) schools and District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

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