Report: Tennessee student progress largely stagnates on test

Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 30, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee students largely stagnated on a 2019 national test compared to 2017, except for a rebound in fourth grade math after a 2017 decrease.

Tennessee's Department of Education says the Nation's 2019 Report Card shows no other statistical gains compared to 2017.

Fourth and eighth graders take the National Assessment of Educational Progress every two years.

State Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says Tennessee made tremendous gains in math and reading between 2011 and 2013, but proficiency has essentially stagnated since.

State officials say new results show widening achievement gaps between white students and those who are disabled, economically disadvantaged, of a different race or English language learners.

Nationally, eighth graders lagged in math and reading, while fourth graders improved slightly in reading. There were declines among fourth graders in math.