ERIC Number: ED414304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-10
Reference Count: N/A
The Class of 2000. A Preliminary Analysis of the 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Triplett, Suzanne E.
This analysis of the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 1996 for North Carolina documents the state's substantial and sustained gains in educational achievement since 1990. The education reforms of the 1980s are beginning to pay off in North Carolina. It has moved from its historic position at the bottom of all states in academic performance to at, or near, the national average and above all southern states, including Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. North Carolina's 17-point gain in eighth-grade mathematics for the 6 years reported by the NAEP is twice the national average gain, and approximately 50% higher than the gain by any other state in the nation. The 11-point gain in mathematics at grade 4 is almost 3 times the national average gain. North Carolina students have improved the equivalent of one additional grade level during this decade. Furthermore, improvements in performance were uniformly distributed by race, gender, education level of parents, and family income levels, except for black students, who scored relatively better than their national counterparts, and eighth-grade girls, who scored below eighth-grade girls nationally. It took more than a decade of planning, design, and implementation of the state's school reform efforts, but the effects are beginning to be apparent. (Contains nine exhibits.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress