(Sheridan, Wyo) Wyoming students are continuing to outperform their peers across the county. The Wyoming Department of Education today released the state’s reading and mathematics results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
In the latest assessment, no state performed above Wyoming’s average NAEP score in grade four mathematics, and Wyoming was one of only six states with over 50 percent of students in the sample scoring proficient or advanced in grade four mathematics.
Known as the Nation’s Report Card, the assessment results showed Wyoming students performed better than the national average in both reading and mathematics.
In a statement on the results, Superintendent Jillian Barlow attributed the outcomes to Wyoming’s high per-student funding rate and equitable fund distribution.
“We create opportunities for every student to be successful,” Barlow said.
Overall, average reading and mathematics scores in Wyoming for both grades four and eight were statistically unchanged from NAEP results reported in 2015.
Similarly over the four-year reporting period from 2013 to 2017, Wyoming results in reading and mathematics at both grades were statistically flat or unchanged.
The assessment also showed some improvements in the achievement gap between Native American and white students, over that of 2015, in the area of mathematics.
Unlike the state’s WY-TOPP census, which tests all students, NAEP is administered to a statistical sample of students and does not render individual test results for students or their schools.
As such, NAEP data represent a sampling of Wyoming students and their responses.
NAEP testing is administered every two years in reading and mathematics to Wyoming’s fourth and eighth grade students.
The 2017 results mark a shift in NAEP procedures from a paper-and-pencil testing format to digitally-based assessments.
All fifty states participate in the assessment, as well as the District of Columbia and Department of Defense (DoD) schools.
The assessment provides an external reference or point-of-comparison to audit, review, and compare each state’s educational program. Additionally, NAEP provides a stable trend line for tracking achievement during the current flux nationally in state testing programs.