The most recent Nation's Report Card comparing student achievement across the country shows that Idaho's Hispanic students are making more progress in vocabulary than students in any other state.
The National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) results, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released in early December analyzed vocabulary skills tested in 2009 and 2011. These results are important because the tests show students who do well on vocabulary also perform well on reading comprehension.
According to the report, all Idaho's 4th and 8th grade students continue to make strides in vocabulary, ranking 13th nationally.
The scores among Idaho's Hispanic students in 8th grade increased significantly from 2009 to 2011. Across the country, Hispanic students improved their vocabulary scores in 8th grade and narrowed the achievement gap, but Idaho's Hispanic students showed the largest gain of 13 percentage points—more than any other state in the nation.
"This is excellent news for the students in our state. We know we have an achievement gap and have been working to eliminate it, not just close it. We still have a lot of work to do, but this is a positive step in the right direction," Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said. Superintendent Luna currently serves on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP testing across the country.
"We are thrilled to see all the hard work that the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Idaho Department of Education has done is starting to show closure in the academic achievement gap with our Hispanic students," said Margie Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs. "We applaud all of the schools who are implementing strong initiatives to address the achievement gaps."
Here is a summary of how Idaho students compare to students across the country on the NAEP Vocabulary:
For more information, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
If you have any questions about these results or NAEP in Idaho, please contact:
NAEP State Coordinator