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Reading scores drop, math scores low. Will high school seniors be ready for graduation?

USA Today |

The latest look at reading and math achievement for students on the cusp of graduating comes from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The exams are overseen by a branch of the federal government.

The average reading score for high school seniors dropped between 2015 and 2019, while math scores for those soon-to-be-graduates remained flat, according to the latest round of national test results released Wednesday.

The most-proficient 12th graders — those with scores at the top of their class — are scoring better in reading than they did nearly 30 years ago. The least-proficient 12th grade readers are even further behind than they were in 1992, with scores that declined in that time period.

The national assessments were given to a sample of more than 52,000 public and private school 12th graders between January 2019 and March 2019.