TN Students Show Highest Growth Nationwide on NAEP Assessment

Gov. Haslam watches Tennessee students countdown the states with the highest growth on the 2013 NAEP assessment, ending with Tennessee in the number one spot!

Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Huffman revealed that Tennessee students are making huge gains compared to their peers across the country.

The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, is given to students in all 50 states every other year. The assessment tests fourth and eighth graders in math and reading. This national assessment, often referred to as “the nation's report card”, is an apples-to-apples comparison of progress across states.

Governor Haslam and Commissioner Huffman revealed Thursday at West Wilson Middle School that Tennessee students grew more on all four 2013 NAEP tests than any other state in the nation. In fact, Tennessee and D.C. were the only places in the country to make what NAEP calls “statistically significant gains” on all four tests. Read more in the governor's office official press release.

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Cicely Woodard, eighth-grade math teacher at Rose Park Magnet Middle School, also spoke at the NAEP celebration.

The growth of Tennessee students between the 2011 test and the 2013 test was so significant, it is now the biggest gain made by a state in a single administration window since NAEP started testing in all 50 states in 2003!

High-fives to the thousands of Tennessee teachers and nearly 1 million Tennessee students who take on challenges every day!  Dramatic growth is possible with hard work! Congratulations!!!

Read more in the Tennessean's article and watch below as Tennessee students help Gov. Haslam countdown to the big reveal!