Stuart Kerachsky Acting Commissioner National Center for Education Statistics October 14, 2009 EMBARGOED until October 14, 2009 10:00 a.m. E.D.T.

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Stuart Kerachsky Acting Commissioner National Center for Education Statistics October 14, 2009 EMBARGOED until October 14, 2009 10:00 a.m. E.D.T.

Overview of the 2009 Mathematics Assessment Administered January – March 2009 to – 168,800 fourth-graders – 161,700 eighth-graders Students assessed in five mathematical content areas – Number properties and operations – Measurement – Geometry – Data analysis, statistics, and probability – Algebra 2

NAEP Mathematics Results Results available for grades 4 and 8 for – Nation – 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense school system Results reported as – Average scale scores (0–500 scale) – Achievement levels ( Basic, Proficient, Advanced ) 3

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National Scale Score Results Fourth-grade mathematics score unchanged from 2007, but remains higher than in earlier assessment years 5

National Achievement-Level Results 6 Percentages of students performing at or above Basic and Proficient hold steady since 2007

Race/Ethnicity No change since 2007 in performance of racial/ethnic groups 7

8 White – Black score gap shows no change since 2007 but smaller than in 1990

9 No significant change in White – Hispanic score gap compared to 2007 or 1990

Eligibility for National School Lunch Program 10 Results by family income show no change since 2007

Type of School 11 Private school students outperform public school students

Changes in State Scores Between 2007 and 2009 12 Scores increase since 2007 in 8 states and decrease in 4 states

13 Sample 4th-Grade Geometry Question 27% of fourth-graders correctly plotted points on a grid and provided their coordinates 45% were able to plot at least some of the required points

14 67% of fourth-graders correctly subtracted a two-digit number from a three-digit number Sample 4th-Grade Question in Number Properties and Operations

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16 National Achievement-Level Results Eighth-graders performance in mathematics continues to improve

17 National Achievement-Level Results Gains reflected in higher percentages of students at or above Basic and Proficient

18 Race/Ethnicity Most racial/ethnic groups continue to make gains

19 No significant change in White – Black score gap compared to 2007 or 1990

20 No significant change in White – Hispanic score gap compared to 2007 or 1990

21 Eligibility for National School Lunch Program Scores increase across family income levels

Type of School Public and Catholic school students make gains since 2007 22

23 Change in State Scores Between 2007 and 2009 Scores increase since 2007 in 15 states, and no states decline

24 51% of eighth-graders correctly identified the length of a rectangle in terms of the width Sample 8th-Grade Algebra Question

25 77% of eighth-graders determined the probability of a particular outcome Sample 8th-Grade Question in Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability