American 13-year-olds’ reading and math scores are rapidly declining, a new report has revealed.
The troubling report was published by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).
The NAEP report, assessing American academic acuity, shows plummeting basic skills among schoolchildren.
Since 2020, reading and mathematics scores among 13-year-olds dropped sharply by 4 and 9 points, respectively, according to the report.
The NAEP has been gathering long-term data on the trends in reading and mathematics average scores for 13-year-old students on its website.
American test scores in this category have been gradually declining since 2012.
In the last several years, however, these scored have hit a nosedive.
The report also noted that “in mathematics, scores declined compared to 2020 for most student groups.”
Reading scores also dropped in “many” groups.
Among those student groups, the NAEP examined and compared various ethnicities, school types, locations, and grades.
The assessment performance parallels the participants’ survey responses, in which the NAEP determined that literacy and school participation have dropped.
31 percent of students do not read for fun at all, up from 22% in 2012.
Meanwhile, only 14 percent read “almost every day”, down from 27%.
When asked how many days of school they missed, 15% of students responded “three or four” and 10% responded “five or more,” a figure that has doubled since 2020.
Campus Reform Higher Education Fellow Nicholas Giordano argues that, in addition to the push for online classrooms proving to be foolish, America’s declining academic performance signifies a broken public education system.
Schools are churning out graduates at the expense of enriching, holistic academics.
“All we’ve done is create a system where we cycle students through so that they get the piece of paper, and this is something that has a critical effect on our nation that we cannot survive,” Giordano said in an interview with Martha MacCallum.
“We need a robust public education system.”