2016-17 State of Education in Tennessee - Page 17

PG . 16 Tennessee ranks fourth nationally in combined fourth- and eighth-grade proficiency rate increases on NAEP math and reading exams . However , the gap in proficiency between low-income students and their more-advantaged peers has grown 8.6 percentage points . According to a January 2016 analysis by Education Week , this widening gap places Tennessee far behind many states on efforts to narrow achievement gaps associated with math and reading proficiency across income levels . 3 Student performance results by race and ethnicity show similar trends to those of ED students in Tennessee . Generally , gaps remained static or grew in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade reading and math . However , Tennessee is seeing improvement in fourth-grade math among both African American and white students . In 2015 , African American students in Tennessee outperformed the national average for their African American peers in fourth-grade math for the first time . In addition , the achievement gap between Tennessee ’ s African American and white students in fourthgrade math is closing faster than the national average . 2007 2007 2007 250 290 240 260 300 240 280 230 230 270 220 220 260 210 210 250 200 200 240 190 190 230 180 FIGURE 8 . GRADE 4 NAEP MATH SCORES BY RACE FIGURE 10 . GRADE 8 NAEP MATH SCORES BY RACE FIGURE 9 . GRADE 4 NAEP READING SCORES BY RACE 2009 2009 2009 2013 2013 2013 2011 2011 2011 2015 2015 2015 TN Black TN Black TN Black TN White TN White TN White US Black US Black US Black US White US White US White 214 254 192 222 259 203 240 282 224 248 290 230 248 292 229 249 293 230 250 293 231 239 282 224 239 281 221 247 284 227 246 285 225 222 260 204 224 262 205 224 263 205 224 260 206 216 252 198 221 257 201 226 253 199 213 254 197 248 291 232 Source : NAEP , 2015 Source : NAEP , 2015 Source : NAEP , 2015