Mississippi is #1 in Nation for Academic Improvement
Mississippi has achieved the No. 1 spot in the nation for gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, with 4th grade students making the largest score gains from 2017 to 2019 in reading and mathematics, 8th grade students outpacing the nation for growth in mathematics, and 8th grade reading holding steady. For the first time, Mississippi 4th graders scored higher than the nation’s public-school average in mathematics and tied the nation in reading.
“Academic progress in Mississippi has been powerful and sustained, proving there is no limit to what our students can accomplish,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “Mississippi’s teachers have done a phenomenal job equipping students with the knowledge and skills to succeed throughout their education.”
The percentage of Mississippi students scoring proficient or above on NAEP has increased significantly over the past decade, particularly in 4th grade mathematics, where proficiency levels nearly doubled.
“Mississippi stands out as one of just two states/jurisdictions that improved in three of the four NAEP grade and subject combinations,” said Dr. Peggy Carr, associate commissioner for assessment at the National Center for Education Statistics. “Because of its grade 4 gains, Mississippi’s mathematics and reading scores are the highest they have ever been and are now on par with the national public average. This is meaningful progress for Mississippi.”
“A strong education system is essential to building a strong workforce and stimulating economic development,” said Scott Waller, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. “Mississippi’s significant progress in education is a valuable quality that sets us apart from other states.”
The 2019 NAEP results show that Mississippi students living in poverty are outperforming their peers nationally. Both black and white students from low-income homes in Mississippi achieved higher scores than the national average in all four NAEP subjects. Hispanic students from low-income families outperformed their peers nationally in three of four NAEP tested subjects.
“Mississippi has entered a new era of public education,” said Dr. Jason Dean, chair of the Mississippi State Board of Education. “Our significant improvements in teaching and learning have made Mississippi a national leader for improving student success in education.”
Source: Mississippi Department of Education