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DoDEA Announces 2007 NAEP Results

For Immediate Release — October 1, 2007 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — October 1, 2007 — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) fourth and eighth grade students made advances in reading achievement while regressing slightly in math achievement according to test results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The NAEP was administered to DoDEA students from January to early March. Reading scores for DoDEA's fourth and eighth graders were significantly higher than the national average, with eighth graders improving their national rank from second place in 2005 to first in 2007. For 2007, fourth grade students maintained their 2005 third place ranking. DoDEA's domestic and overseas school systems participated in NAEP as a single jurisdiction.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools; instead, it offers results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students). NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest.



DoDEA Reading Achievement Remains High

Eighth grade students in DoDEA earned the highest reading score in the nation at 273 along with students from Massachusetts and Vermont. DoDEA eighth graders scored 12 points above the national average of 261.

Dr. Shirley Miles, DoDEA's Associate Director for Education and Principal Deputy Director, credits teachers, students and effective curriculum initiatives for the achievements made in reading.

"We're extremely pleased with the results we see in reading," she said. "It is a reflection on how well our students are doing in reading and language arts in general. We have our teachers and students to thank for their hard work and commitment to achieving."


NAEP 2007 Average Reading Score: Grade 8
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average Scale Score
1 Massachusetts, DoDEA, Vermont 273
2 Montana 271
3 New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, South Dakota 270
4 Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania 268
5 Iowa, Kansas, Connecticut, Nebraska, Virginia 267
6 Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon 266
7 Maryland, Washington, Idaho, Delaware 265
8 Wisconsin, Indiana, New York 264

Nation 261

DoDEA fourth graders ranked third nationally, along with fourth graders from New Hampshire. Students from Massachusetts and New Jersey ranked first and second, respectively.


NAEP 2007 Average Reading Score: Grade 4
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average Scale Score
1 Massachusetts 236
2 New Jersey 231
3 DoDEA, New Hampshire 229
4 Vermont 228
5 Connecticut, Virginia, Montana 227
6 Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Ohio, Maine 226
7 Wyoming, Delaware, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland, Kansas 225
8 Washington, New York, Colorado, Florida 224

Nation 220

National achievement rankings for the past four years show DoDEA fourth and eighth graders performing at a consistently high rate.


NAEP Reading National Ranks Scores for 2003, 2005, and 2007
All Students Grade 8 Grade 4
2003 2005 2007 2003 2005 2007
DoDEA 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 3rd 3rd

Minority Achievement

African American and Hispanic students in DoDEA continued to score the highest in the nation in reading when compared with their stateside public school counterparts at both grade levels. Dr. Janet Rope, DoDEA's Administrator, System Accountability and Research, commented on the achievements of the system's minority students.

"We are enthusiastic that DoDEA has enabled minority students to continue their outstanding performance on the NAEP," she said. "We feel we're on the right track with regard to providing the right curriculum and rigor that helps students realize their full potential."


NAEP 2007 Average Reading Scale Scores African American Students
Grade 8 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 258 1st 258 1st 259 1st
Nation African American 244   242   244  
Nation All Students 261   260   261  

At the fourth grade level in 2007, African American students in the DoD schools continue to score at the top of the nation in reading when compared with their stateside counterparts. African American fourth graders achieved a score of 218, which is two points below the national average of 220 for all fourth grade students nationwide.


NAEP 2007 Average Reading Scale Scores African American Students
Grade 4 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 214 1st 218 1st 218 1st
Nation African American 197   199   203  
Nation All Students 216   217   220  

Hispanic students in DoDEA continued to lead their counterparts throughout the nation in reading. In addition to achieving the highest scores among their stateside counterparts, DoDEA Hispanic students at fourth and eighth grade continued to surpass the national average score for all students in the nation.


NAEP 2007 Average Reading Scale Scores Hispanic Students
Grade 8 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 268 1st 268 1st 273 1st
Nation Hispanic 244   245   246  
Nation All Students 261   260   261  
NAEP 2007 Average Reading Scale Scores Hispanic Students
Grade 4 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 218 1st 219 2nd 223 1st
Nation Hispanic 199   201   204  
Nation All Students 216   217   220  


DoDEA Math Achievement Drops Slightly

DoDEA students at both the fourth and eighth grade levels scored higher than the national average in math, but slipped three points each in national rankings at each level.

"Math is an area under review," said Dr. Miles. "We're going to concentrate our efforts in examining our current math practices and implement steps to improve our program. We are committed to developing opportunities to foster growth in student achievement in math," she added.

Eighth grade students in DoDEA earned the ninth highest math score in the nation at 285, five points above the national average of 280.


NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Score: Grade 8
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average Scale Score
1 Massachusetts 298
2 Minnesota, North Dakota 292
3 Vermont 291
4 Kansas 290
5 New Jersey 289
6 South Dakota, Virginia, New Hampshire 288
7 Montana, Wyoming 287
8 Maine, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin 286
9 Iowa, DoDEA, Indiana, Washington, Ohio 285

Nation 280

At the fourth grade level, DoDEA students rank 11th in the nation in math achievement, with a score of 240, one point above the national average.


NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Score: Grade 4
Rank State/Jurisdiction Average Scale Score
1 Massachusetts 252
2 New Jersey, New Hampshire 249
3 Kansas 248
4 Minnesota 247
5 Vermont 246
6 North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio 245
7 Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Montana, Virginia 244
8 Iowa, Connecticut, New York, Washington 243
9 Maine, Texas, Florida, Delaware, North Carolina 242
10 South Dakota, Idaho 241
11 Maryland, Colorado, DoDEA 240

Nation 239

The mathematics national score ranks show a decline of five places for both DoDEA 8th grade and 4th grade students.

NAEP Mathematics National Ranks Scores for 2003, 2005, and 2007
All Students Grade 8 Grade 4
2003 2005 2007 2003 2005 2007
DoDEA 4th 6th 9th 6th 8th 11th

Dr. Rope acknowledged the room for improvement in mathematics and credited students for their achievements in maintaining an edge on their counterparts nationally.

"We will definitely focus on student achievement in mathematics," she said. "The fact that our students as a group scored higher than the national average and the positive trends we continue to see in minority student achievement in math are great strengths and give us a solid foundation to base our efforts on," she added.

Minority Achievement

African American and Hispanic students in DoDEA continued to score at or near the highest in the nation when compared with their stateside counterparts at both grade levels tested in mathematics.

NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Scale Scores African American Students
Grade 8 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 270 1st 267 1st 272 1st
Nation African American 252   254   259  
Nation All Students 276   278   280  

 

NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Scale Scores African American Students
Grade 4 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA African American 227 1st 227 3rd 227 4th
Nation African American 216   220   222  
Nation All Students 234   237   239  

Hispanic eighth graders in DoDEA continued to score higher than the national score for all students. Math scores for Hispanic fourth graders in DoDEA dropped from 2005 to 2007 by two points.


NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Scale Scores Hispanic Students
Grade 8 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 278 1st 280 1st 282 1st
Nation Hispanic 258   261   264  
Nation All Students 276   278   280  

 

NAEP 2007 Average Mathematics Scale Scores Hispanic Students
Grade 4 Students 2003 2005 2007
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
DoDEA Hispanic 234 3rd 235 2nd 233 6th
Nation Hispanic 221   225   227  
Nation All Students 234   237   239  

Additional Information

Detailed statistical information on the 2007 NAEP mathematics assessment and all other NAEP assessments can be found on the web at:
http://www.nationsreportcard.gov

Assessment items and samples of student responses from the 2005 mathematics assessment, along with sample questions from other subject areas, can be found on the web at:
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrls/


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