NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two years after Tennessee proclaimed itself the fastest-improving state for education in the country, that growth has leveled off, according to a national report that concluded the state has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.
The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education, media outlets report.
State officials said the news is still positive, as numerous states declined in many of the four categories, while Tennessee remained roughly the same.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the state was able to retain its gains made in scores from 2011 to 2013
“There is no state that has improved as much as we have, and second place isn’t close,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a conference call with reporters. “What we’ve learned is that what Tennessee is doing is working.”
The NAEP, also known as the nation’s report card, is given to a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students every two years across all 50 states.
Tennessee has remained near the bottom of national academic rankings, and state officials set a lofty goal in 2011 of becoming the state to see the most academic improvement by 2015.
In 2013, the goal already was met and Tennessee was praised for having the most point-gain increase of any state on the test.
“A new set of fourth- and eighth-graders proved that the gains we made in 2013 were real,” Haslam said.