Test scores 2018-19: Elementary and middle school reading, math, and science

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released state test scores for all public schools.  I’ll share some of the highlights on the Locker Room blog throughout the day.

  • Students in grades 3-8 statewide (reading): 57.2 percent of students in grades 3-8 were considered Grade Level Proficient (GLP).  This is 0.1 percentage point lower than the year before and slightly lower than the 2016-17 score of 57.5 percent.  There has not been a meaningful change in state reading scores over the last five years.
  • Students in grades 3-8 statewide (math): 58.6 percent of students in grades 3-8 were GLP.  Because of a change in the mathematics standards and assessments, the 2018-19 scores should not be compared to scores from previous years.
  • Students in grades 5 and 8 statewide (science): 72.6 percent GLP for grade 5 and 78.6 percent GLP for grade 8.  The grade 5 average was 3.7 percentage points higher than the 2017-18 score.  The grade 8 average was 3 percentage points higher than the 2017-18 score.

Overall, reading performance is stagnant, math performance is TBD, and science performance is strong.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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