For Immediate Release: November 7, 2013
State Superintendent Response to the 2013 NAEP Report
JACKSON, Miss. – The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the “2013 Nation’s Report Card” today that shows the academic performance of the country and individual states. Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, issued the following statement in reference to Mississippi’s performance:
“When you look at scores and achievement levels since NAEP began collecting data, Mississippi has shown some improvement in math and reading. However, when comparing Mississippi to other states, recent data from this report show our students are not where they need to be academically.”
“That is why it is so critical that Mississippi continues its commitment to Common Core State Standards that better prepare students for college and career, expand our prekindergarten programs and place a laser-like focus on literacy instruction. Our students deserve nothing less than the best opportunities we can provide for their future success.”
NAEP is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. The Nation’s Report Card and Mississippi NAEP results can be found here.