Alabama 4 graders’ reading scores have caught up with the national average for the first time in the state’s history. It’s important to note that this was accomplished WITHOUT the Common Core Standards Initiative…
Alabama’s fourth-graders caught up to the rest of the nation in reading scores for the first time in the state’s history on the National Assessment of Education Progress, known as The Nation’s Report Card, but still trail the nation in math, data released Tuesday show.
According to NAEP results, released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, Alabama is one of four states to show significant gains in fourth-grade reading, and over the past eight years has shown a greater increase in scale than any other state, moving from 207 in 2003 to the national average of 220 on a 500-point scale in 2011.
Eagle Forum of Alabama was a catalyst for the Alabama Reading Initiative which is largely credited as being responsible for the improvements. ARI brought Alabama back to a phonics-based learning program and has, as the article mentions, had worldwide recognition.