Idaho students’ test scores show post-pandemic academic progress

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IDAHO — Test results for the 2022 National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) showed Idaho students are performing at, or better than the national average.

The new scores are the first administered since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the 2022 NAEP scores from Idaho:

  • 4th grade reading – 32% of students are proficient or above. The national average is also 32%
  • 8th grade reading – 32% of students are proficient or above. The national average is 29%
  • 4th grade math – 36% of students are proficient or above. The national average is 35%
  • 8th grade math – 32% of students are proficient or above.  The national average is 26%

“The NAEP scores I think are a testament to Idaho’s efforts to keep schools open and in-person learning happening throughout our state,” said Idaho State Board of Education President Kurt Liebich. “Our teachers, administrators and school boards did a remarkable job throughout the pandemic, doing their absolute best to keep students on track as best they could.  Idaho scores did drop since 2019, which was to be expected given the enormity of the impact the pandemic had across our system. But our students held their own, in some cases did better than the national average and I think we should acknowledge that.”

READ: Nation’s report card: Massive drop in math scores, slide in reading linked to COVID disruption