Oregon students' math, reading scores are close to U.S. average

PORTLAND — Oregon's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and aren't far from the national averages, according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card released Thursday. The report shows Oregon's white students — just like the nation's white students — again outperformed their Hispanic and African-American counterparts.

The report shows 41 percent of Oregon's fourth-graders and 34 percent of eighth-graders scored at or above the proficient level for math, compared with 42 percent and 35 percent nationally.

In reading, 34 percent of fourth-graders and 37 percent of eighth-graders were proficient, compared with 35 and 36 percent nationally.

Oregon's eighth-graders did slightly improve their reading scores. They climbed by four points to 268 on a scale of 500. The national average was 266. Eighth-grade reading and fourth-grade reading and math scores were not statistically different from the previous test year.

Average scores for Oregon's African-American and Hispanic students were 20 to 30 points lower than those of their white counterparts in reading and math at both grade levels.

The report showed that overall Oregon and the nation's students did better today on the test than they did in the early 1990s, for all ethnic groups.

The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is given every two years to a sample of fourth- and eighth-graders across the nation.

The tests allow educators to compare educational knowledge of students nationally, because they use the same test questions in every state.

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