State Superintendent Stanford Taylor calls achievement gap a crisis

Wisconsin’s results on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained statistically unchanged for public school students in tested subjects and grade levels, in a year when the nation saw significant declines on three out of four measures, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said this week.

Students last took the NAEP exam in 2017. Wisconsin’s current results mirror long-term trends; differences between today’s results and those from ten years ago in 2009 are not statistically significant.

However, the tests showed that Wisconsin has the nation’s highest black-white student achievement gap in reading and math at grades 4 and 8.

“We have work ahead to achieve our rigorous expectations,” Stanford Taylor said in a news release. “Our persistent achievement gaps are a crisis. Closing these gaps is not only the right thing to do, it is imperative for our state.”

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