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ERIC Number: ED479004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Education Watch: Montana. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This report compares Montana's reading and mathematics performance on the most recent administrations of the state assessment with performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To indicate how Montana is doing in narrowing the academic achievement gap between poor and non-poor students, the report presents NAEP data by family income. The report presents other state-level data on K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. In 2002, 68 percent of all 4th graders performed at the proficient level or above on the state's reading assessment; 80 percent of Whites and 65 percent of Latinos performed at this level. On the 1998 NAEP 4th grade assessment, 37 percent of Montana students were at the proficient level or above. On the 2002 state mathematics assessment, 76 percent of all 8th graders were proficient or above, with 73 percent of Whites and 53 percent of Latinos performing at this level. The 2000 NAEP showed 37 percent of Montana 8th graders at the proficient level or better. Low-income 4th graders in Montana performed second among states on the 1998 NAEP reading assessment. Montana's low-income 8th graders performed better than low-income 8th graders in any other state on the 2002 NAEP math assessment. Native American students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP) exam taking and in gifted and talented programs, and they are overrepresented in special education. About 46 percent of Montana high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. Nearly one in five Montana secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with higher child poverty rates and higher minority enrollments have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Montana
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress