Math Gaps Don’t Close on NAEP Tests

K-12 Testing

A new study by Paul Barton for the National Assessment Governing Board, “Raising Achievement and Reducing Gaps,” reports that math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) increased in most states at grades 4 and 8. However, in almost no states did the score gaps between African Americans or Latinos and whites significantly close. Large score gaps also remained between groups of students based on eligibility for free and reduced lunch. Texas, widely touted for closing the score gap on its state test, did not close the gap on either NAEP exam.