By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The release of a national education report card Monday confirmed what West Virginia education leaders already knew: that the COVID-19 pandemic led to declines in math and reading scores which were already low before the pandemic.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2022 Report Card, English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores for students in fourth and eighth grades decreased nationwide. It was the largest score decline in math for fourth and eighth grades since NAEP’S initial assessments in 1990.
NAEP assessments report out math and ELA results based on average scores that range from zero to 500. According to the NAEP Report Card, the national average for math in grade four was 236, five points below 2019 pre-pandemic scores and just one point above scores from 2003. For eighth graders, the average math score was 274, eight points below the 2019 score and four points below 2003 scores…