New data released Thursday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation's report card, show that Alaska is progressing at a much slower pace than most of the nation in both reading and math.
The Educational Progress assessment is congressionally authorized and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to measure state progress in school subject areas. The report card released Thursday contained data on reading and math at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels.
Alaska remained relatively stagnant between 2011 and the most recent results from 2013, showing no improvement in fourth-grade math or eighth-grade reading and a drop in eighth-grade math.
Fourth-grade reading was the only area in which Alaska improved, and that increase of one point was deemed statistically insignificant by the assessing body. Les Morse, deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, said the lack of progress was troubling.