On September 1st, 2022, the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics released the mathematics and reading results of 9-year-olds from the 2022 NAEP long-term trend assessment. The following summary is from NAEP’s Highlights report:

In 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the NAEP long-term trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments for age 9 students to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Average scores for age 9 students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020. This is the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics.

Learning First Alliance member organizations published reactions and statements following the release of the NAEP results. LFA member organizations underscored the finding that the decline in reading and math scores was steepest for Black and Brown students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and students who were already struggling academically.

LFA member organizations highlighted the current issues contributing to the decline in math and reading scores. Including, the teacher and educator leader shortage, lack of mental health support and professionals, and inequitable access to broadband and home internet.

LFA member organizations also looked to the future by addressing what we now need to do to improve education for all students and to close exasperated resource and opportunity gaps. Leaders of LFA member organizations urged congress to extend the obligation deadline for American Rescue Plan funding, stressed the need for a federal commitment to digital equity, and called for investments in schools, social-emotional support, pathways to careers and colleges, and professional learning. 

LFA member organizations’ statements and responses to the NAEP results:  

  • Statement from Daniel Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
  • Statement from Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.
  • Blog from Frederick Brown, President, and CEO of Learning Forward.
  • Statement from L. Earl Franks, Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
  • Statement from Becky Pringle, President of the National Education Association:

The gaps between the haves and the have-nots in this nation are on stark display with these NAEP test scores. Our Black and brown students, as well as students who are economically disadvantaged, have faced the brunt of an ever-growing gap in resources and opportunities. From the lack of broadband and device access for virtual lessons during COVID, to dilapidated buildings and no mental health resources, our nation’s disadvantaged and marginalized students will continue to fall behind until our leaders at every level of government STEP UP and invest in the resources and educators every student deserves and needs to succeed.

  • Statement from Albert Chen, Acting CEO of PDK International
  • Statement from Richard Long, Executive Director of Learning First Alliance.

Read the NAEP long-term trend assessment results here.