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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Type of School 11 Private school students outperform public school students

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For More Information http://nationsreportcard.gov 26 Photo Credits: © Simon Jarratt/Corbis/Jupiterimages, © Stefan Klein/iStockphoto, © MediaBakery, © iStockphoto, © Veer/Corbis, © Corbis/Jupiterimages, © Jupiterimages

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