Educators for Excellence Reacts to 2017 NAEP Test Scores Showing Persistent Gaps Between High and Low Performing Students
April 10 (New York) — Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, expressed disappointment at the results reported today by the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP exam, which is administered to fourth- and eighth-grade students across the U.S., showed low-performing students’ results were static, while high-performing students made gains since the last exam was administered in 2015. Gaps persisted in terms of race, ethnicity and family income level.
“Every day in my classroom I work hard to provide quality instruction to my students, many of whom come from underserved communities. But I know that for many of my students to be successful, they need support beyond academics. And we, as teachers, need resources to help them cope with and address the challenges they face outside school that hinder their learning in our classrooms,” said Rich Johnson, fifth-grade special education teacher, P.S. 105 in the Bronx.
“These persistent gaps between low-performing students and high-performing students are concerning, particularly because we know they reflect the racial opportunity gaps that exist in our country. Our teachers believe in an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and thrive. These results show we all have more work to do to increase the level of rigor in our classrooms and address the needs of the whole child, academically, socially and emotionally, so we can finally narrow the persistent gaps that play out along racial and class lines,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators for Excellence.