The National Assessment of Educational Progress results were released this week. This report is a report card of sorts for our nation’s schools. Once again, the performance of Alabama schools lag behind the nation. According to the report cards for fourth grade.
- Only 28% of Alabama fourth-graders perform at a proficient or higher level.
- In 2009, Alabama fourth-graders were ranked somewhere between 30th and 40th in the nation.
Sadly, as our children progress in age, their scores and rankings continue to fall. The report card for eighth graders show:
- The percentage of students in Alabama who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level was 24 percent in 2009.
- Alabama eighth graders scored higher than only two other states; we ranked 40-48.
While “jobs, jobs, jobs” has been the mantra of most political campaigns for 2010, perhaps it should be “education, education, education.”