Rise in NAEP Math Scores Coincides with NCTM Standards

By Staff

From NCTM News Bulletin, January/February 2004

The 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics scores were higher in 2003 than in all previous assessment years at grades 4 and 8. The results continue the steady improvement for fourth- and eighth-grade students since 1989 when NCTM's mathematics Standards were first introduced. Responding to the results, NCTM President Johnny Lott said, "NAEP's 2003 results show encouraging national progress. This progress is a very good indicator for mathematics programs across the nation."

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Dr. Robert Reys, a former high school mathematics teacher, is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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