Alexander Says New Test Results Show Educational Achievement in Tennessee On the Rise

Posted on September 25, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today praised the across-the-board achievement increases in reading and mathematics revealed in the 2007 results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). “This is the only truly national test and it shows that reading and math scores in Tennessee are moving in the right direction,” said Alexander, a former U.S. Secretary of Education. “Especially encouraging are the improvements in fourth grade reading scores for Hispanic children and eighth grade math scores for African-American students. This achievement is the result of the hard work of Tennessee teachers, students and parents as well as the application of new state standards to measure results over the last several years.” The National Assessment Governing Board today released the 2007 results for the NAEP in mathematics and reading. The performance of 4th, 8th and 12th graders was last assessed in 2005, and their performance in reading and mathematics has been assessed since 1990. Below are links the NAEP general reading and math score results: http://nationsreportcard.gov/math_2007/ http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2007/ Below are links showing score increases noted in this release for 4th Grade Reading and 8th Grade Math scores in Tennessee: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2007/2007495TN8.pdf http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2007/2007497TN4.pdf