How Did Students from the Five Most Populous States Do in the Nation’s Report Card?

Why is this important? Because, according to NCES report Mega-States, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas educate more than 40% of the nation’s students and “They now serve more than half of the nation’s English language learners (ELL), as well as some of the largest concentrations of children from lower-income families.”(1) As the nation changes demographically, educational policy-makers will look to these states to see what works and doesn’t work. In this report will be found: academic performance over the years, comparison to the nation and among the five states, what student groups gained, and what groups performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level. The test results are for those in mathematics, reading and science. With New Jersey also witnessing an increasingly diverse population, this report should prove of value to this state’s educators and leaders.

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