• Common Core,  NAEP

    2019 NAEP Reading Scores vs. The Ladder of Reading: A Striking Correlation

    When the most recent set of scores from the NAEP (National Assessment for Educational Progress) were released in 2019, the results for Reading were dismal: only 35% of fourth graders were rated Proficient or Advanced, whereas a whopping 65% were rated either Basic or Below Basic (up from 63% in 2017). For eighth graders, the results were slightly worse: 34% percent Proficient/Advanced vs. 66% Basic or Below Basic (up from 64% in 2017).   Obviously, these scores do not paint a particularly  encouraging picture of American elementary and middle-school students’ reading skills. One of the major criticisms the NAEP is that the score ratings do not align—and are not intended to align—with…