A national assessment examining 4th and 8th grade math and reading skills shows little change in North Carolina over two years.
A press release from Public Schools of North Carolina reports fourth and eighth graders in 2017 performed similarly in math and reading compared to two years earlier. The National Assessment of Education Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, reports that eighth graders had slight upticks in scores in both math and reading from 2015 though the difference was statistically insignificant. Fourth graders also saw no significant change in reading, though their math scores, while still above the national average, showed a significant decline from 2015. State participation in the National Assessment of Education Progress is required as a condition of receiving federal aid.