MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida’s report card for reading and math is in.READ MORE: Juvenile Green Sea Turtle Released In Florida Keys To Join Tour de Turtles Online Race
The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics assessments were released Wednesday, giving a positive outlook for the state’s standing in education.
The exams commonly referred to as “the nation’s report card” tests kids in 4th grade and 8th grade nationwide in the two subjects.
“We like this test because it’s proven, because it’s reliable, because it has stood the test of time since 1990. Every two years, we’ve been testing our fourth and eighth graders throughout the nation and so this measure of reliability is something we feel confident in,” said United Teachers of Dade President Fedrick Ingram.
In reading, for fourth graders, the average scale score for Miami-Dade students improved from 223 in 2013 to 226 in 2015. For 8th graders, it jumped from 259 to 265 despite the school district having one of largest number of English language learning students in the country.READ MORE: Cinderella's Castle Gets Makeover Ahead Of Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebrations
“I learned the day before I was taking the test. I asked my reading teacher what this was. She was like oh you’re going to take that test she explained. I was like okay. I took the test. It was easy,” said IPREP 9th grader Sarafina Lantigua.
In mathematics, the average scale score for 4th graders increased from 237 to 242.
Eighth grade mathematics was the only category where test scores didn’t go up. It remained the same since the last testing in 2013. But that isn’t necessarily bad news.
Across the country, the trend was a decrease in this category.
Statewide the Miami-Dade numbers either surpass or are at about the same as other school districts.MORE NEWS: 'It Means Absolutely Everything': Family Of Miami's Eddy Alvarez Watch Proudly As He Carries American Flag At Olympics Opening Ceremony
Miami-Dade school officials who are here say, the scores prove the school district has the best teachers and are on the right track to giving our kids a great education.