Eighth-grade minority students in Texas and Montana can stand proud after the seeing the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress mathematics test.
Tuesday, Texas Hispanic and African-American students and their parents learned that they earned the second highest score among their peer groups on the 2011 NAEP math test.
Montana’s eighth-grade Hispanic students earned an even higher scale score on the test than the Texas’ eighth-graders, though overall, Texas ranked 10th in the U.S.
Only black students in Hawaii outscored black students in Texas.
The Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said, “Our Texas eighth graders turned in an outstanding performance. Their performance surpassed levels earned in 2009 when the NAEP was last given. This summer, we learned that the state’s 2011 graduates earned a record high score on the math section of the ACT. Clearly, our increased training for math teachers and improved math curriculum standards are paying off. However, we know we still have room to grow, which is why we are currently revising our math standards to make sure our improvement continues.”