2018 Brown Center Report on American Education: Trends in NAEP math, reading, and civics scores

July 04, 2018

We show that math and reading scores for grades 4 and 8 have increased over the last two decades, although the largest increases--with the exception of eighth-grade reading--occurred in the early years of NCLB. White-black and white-Hispanic math and reading gaps have declined over this period, while gaps by FRL eligibility have remained steady. Meanwhile, the overall trend in eighth-grade civics largely mirrors the trend in eighth-grade reading: slow and modest improvements, with perhaps a slight uptick in scores in recent years. Gaps in civics scores remain alarmingly wide.