The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a non-profit organization based ongoing study of academic performance by students in the United States. The results demonstrate results at two different age milestones, as well as some differentiation by ethnicity, states in which the students live and urban versus alternative living locations to name a few. The most recent data, from 2015, is nothing to brag about, particularly for some subsets of the population.
Complementary research, the Harvard Study on Education completed in 2011 documented that at the 8th-grade level, the percentage of American students considered proficient was only 31 percent. These data were compared to that of European/Asian countries that tested in like manner, the U.S. placing 17th among these nations of the world. At that time, in South Korea, 47 percent of the students were proficient in reading. A few of the other countries that outrank the United States include Finland (46 percent), Singapore and New Zealand (42 percent), Japan and Canada (41 percent), Australia (38 percent), and Belgium (37 percent). Statistics have changed since then. However, if education policy professionals and ground level system administrators were looking at those numbers, they should not have been self-impressed even if the U.S. tied S. Koreans. What education system should be proud to state that less than half of their primary/secondary student-customers are proficient readers?
Can your student read? Take a look at how the statistics look in your community, as well as how your student and the system can improve.