Florida students who took national reading and math tests in the spring made progress, according to results released Thursday.
National Assessment of Educational Progress data shows Florida students in the fourth grade last year fared better than the national average in reading.
Known as the “nation’s report card,” students in grades four and eight take NAEP tests in reading and math every other year. Since the 1990s, the nation’s students have made significant gains.
In Florida, 39 percent of the fourth-graders who took the test, administered January through March, were considered to be proficient in reading. Thirty-four percent of the nation’s fourth-grade students were deemed proficient.
Florida’s fourth-grade math scores, as well as eighth-grade math and reading scores, are on par with the national average. In fourth-grade math, 41 percent were considered to be proficient in Florida, as well as across the nation.
Eighth-grade students scored slightly below the national average in both subjects. In math, 31 percent of Florida’s eighth-graders were deemed proficient, compared with 34 percent across the country. In reading, 33 percent of the state’s eighth-graders were considered proficient. That was true for 34 percent of the nation’s eighth-graders.
Other highlights from the results:
• The percentage of Florida’s black students in the eighth grade deemed proficient in reading in 2013 increased five percentage points over 2011.
• Disabled students in the fourth grade who scored proficient in reading rose five percentage points.
• Disabled students in the eighth grade scoring proficient in reading rose four percentage points.