By Laura L. CramerUpdated August 30, 2018 12:18:28Students are making more mistakes on standardized tests in math, reading and science and making worse grades on standardized test scores, according to data provided by the Education Department.
A recent report from the Center for American Progress found that more than half of students at historically black and Latino schools scored at or below the national average on state and federal tests in reading and math, and one in four students at a historically black high school scored below the state average in science.
The data comes from a survey of 1,823 high school students in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington state that was conducted in March and April.
The data also includes data from an examination of the results of an exam taken in the fall of last year by a group of public schools in Illinois and the District of Columbia.
In California, the percentage of students scoring at or above the national standard in reading in 2016 was 28.6 percent, the lowest percentage since the test was introduced in 2009.
The percentage of the students scoring below the statewide average was 21.7 percent, down from 25.3 percent in 2016.
In Louisiana, the state has the highest percentage of low-performing students in reading.
The state had the lowest rate of students below the reading benchmark in 2016 at 14.6, down 0.3 percentage points from the previous year.
The reading benchmark is a measure of how well a student can learn the basics of a subject in a given time period, and it has been a staple of the Common Core State Standards and the AP Common Core Standards for years.
In Minnesota, the reading average for 2016 was 24.6 in Minnesota, which is among the states with the highest proportion of low achievers.
The national average was 24 percent, with Minnesota at the bottom of the pack in reading scores.
The low reading score was among the worst results among states with students who have been tested in 2017.
In Washington, the national reading average was 25.4 in 2016, the sixth-lowest reading score among states, and the lowest reading score in the nation.
The most common reason for the low reading scores was a student failing to meet a reading test’s requirement to take at least one test in the past two years, according the data.
In all, about 1 in 5 students scored below a reading benchmark for a reading score of 15 or below, according data from the Education Dept. In Washington, about a quarter of the student population scored below 25 percent.
In New York, a student with a reading gap in 2016 earned just above the state reading benchmark, and about 15 percent of the population scored under 25 percent on the reading test.
The national reading benchmark score for all students was 28 percent in 2015.
The percentage of poor students scoring a lower reading score than the national benchmark dropped slightly in 2016 from 19.9 percent in 2017 to 18.5 percent.
The number of students who scored below 20 percent of a reading standard fell from 16.7 to 16.1 percent.
Students who scored less than 25 percent of reading standards earned just under 23 percent on average, according an Education Dept.’s analysis.
The average number of test takers at the state and national reading benchmarks was 9.6.
The average number that failed to take a reading or math test rose to 8.4.
The largest percentage of failures was in the math category.
The number of failed students dropped slightly from 4,000 in 2016 to 4,058 in 2017, according Education Dept.-based data.
That means more students were testing at or under the reading or mathematics benchmarks in 2017 than in 2016; a decline from 5,800 to 5,300 students.
The highest percentage failed a math test was 21 percent in the New York state benchmark, the most of any state.
The least percentage of failed tests in New York was 6 percent.
New York State is a leader in reading standards and a leader on standardized testing.
The Education Department released the data to the media on Thursday, citing the need to update the Common Cores standards and improve test-taking practices for students who fall behind.
The Education Dept., the Department of Education, and two independent agencies, the Office of Civil Rights and the Office for Civil Rights Policy, each are responsible for reviewing and implementing the standards.
The Department of Civil Justice is also a member of the task force that is developing the standards and making recommendations on how to improve them.
The states that are reporting the highest rate of failing students in 2017 were California, Louisiana and Minnesota.
The states that were most successful in getting their students tested in the 2017 state-by-state rankings were California and Louisiana.
The lowest state-to-state percentage of failing tests was Illinois, which reported an average of 0.2 percent of students failing.
California had the highest average number failed tests of any of the states, with 8,846 tests taken, and was followed by Louisiana, which had 6,076 tests taken.