12th-Graders Math Proficiency Falls; Reading Skills Lowest Since 1992: Study

The average U.S. 12th-grader reading score in 2006 was the lowest since 1992, while less than one-quarter (23 percent) of 12th-graders scored at or above the Proficient level in the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to The Nation’s Report Card. 

Overall, the percentage of 12th-grade students performing at or above the Basic level in reading has fallen from 80% to 73% since 1992, with the percentage performing at or above Proficient declining from 40% to 35% during the same time. 

In 2005, 61% of high school seniors performed at or above Basic in math, and 23% performed at or above Proficient.

Copies of The Nation’s Report Card: 12th-Grade Reading and Mathematics 2005 and The Nation’s Report Card: America’s High School Graduates, and additional data from the 2005 12th-grade assessments, are available online at http://nationsreportcard.gov.

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