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Nation’s Report Called Reveals U.S. Student Grades Are In Decline

NAEP report reveals the average grades of students in the U.S. have dropped since 2017, across all demographics and academic levels.


<p><em><strong>CA / USA / November 2019</strong></em></p> <p><br />The most recent National Assessment of Education Progress, released earlier this year, revealed that math and reading scores for both fourth and eighth-graders in the U.S. have dropped substantially since 2017.</p> <p>Between 1990 and 2015, student grades in the U.S. had been trending upwards, until they began to flatline and decline around 2015. </p> <p>The new report looked at the grades of over 600,000 students enrolled in both public and catholic schools across all states. Notably, the results found that the decline in grade averages was similar across all demographics, hinting that the cause of the decline can’t be attributed to a specific student subgroup. </p> <p>White, black, Hispanic, and Native American students all achieved lower scores in reading in 2019 compared to 2 years prior. Reading scores were, on average, 3 points lower than in 2017 for eighth-graders in 31 states. Analysts have said they consider this to be both ‘substantial’ and ‘a very meaningful decline’.</p> <p>More worrying still is that the results show that grades amongst the lowest-performing students are declining even more aggressively. The average grade scores of these students declined in 3 out of 4 subjects.Some education experts are worried that this may widen the educational gap between the less- and more-academic students across the country. </p> <p>This dip in academic achievement has left government researchers concerned but the reason behind it isn’t yet fully clear. Some educational professionals have highlighted academic tuition as a possible way to bring grade scores back up, as data shows students that have additional tuition outside of school perform achieve higher test scores.</p> <p>One study from 2015 compared math test scores between students that received one-hour of tutoring per day and those that didn’t, and found that the students who participated in tutoring scored more highly. Another study from 2014-15 found that 32% of high schools required academic tutoring for at least some students and that 8% of them participated in said tutoring. </p> <p>Many schools and governments subsidize or provide free private tutoring for students that need additional help. Paid private tutoring is also available online from websites like <a href=""></a>. Some experts believe that families of low-performing students who have the means to pay for private tuition may be able to help their students to bring their grade averages up. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Source:</strong> Private Tutoring At Home</p> <p><strong>Contact: </strong></p> <p> </p>

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