NY Students Show No Improvement in National Reading Test

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New York students made no progress at all on last year's national reading test, despite big gains on their state exams.

Only 36 percent of the state's fourth graders were proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. That's a far cry from the 77 percent considered proficient on the state's own reading test. The gap was similar for eighth graders. And neither grade many any progress on NAEP, even though their reading scores have been rising steadily on the state exams.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch is disappointed by the results.

"It says to us what I think we have become painfully aware of: That the state exams are very predictable and that they tested very narrow bands of curriculum," Tisch says.

New York and 47 other states are considering a switch to national standards favored by the Obama administration, to avoid having such a gap between state and national scores.