Report: US Math and Reading Scores Dip Nationwide

Image copyright: Glasshouse/Getty Stock Images [via US News & World Report]

The Facts

  • On Monday, the results from the US National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the "Nation's Report Card," were released in full for the first time since 2019.

  • The exams are conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the Education Department, and test fourth- and eighth-graders in math and reading. The report takes place every two years, however, was delayed from 2021 until 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.

The Spin

Narrative A

Over-reacting to COVID was an educational, economic, and moral tragedy. Schools were closed for too long, and we are now dealing with the consequences. Schools should open on Saturdays and extend hours to get math and reading back to pre-pandemic levels. Undoing the damage of these awful decisions should begin immediately.

Narrative B

The impact of COVID on the education system is undeniable, however, the school system has long been failing. Curriculum and school funding are becoming more polarized and politicized, enrolments in alternative schooling are increasing, and school violence and shootings are a real worry. There has been long-fuse a systemic failure that can't be pinned on COVID alone.

Articles on this story

Sign up to our daily newsletter