Report ranks Kentucky in top ten for core academic improvement

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According to a report from Harvard University, Kentucky is tied for fifth place nationwide in the improvement of its students' performance in assessments of reading, mathematics and science since 1992.

The report, Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance, was produced by Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance and presented in Education Next, the program's journal. It was designed to determine the extent of the United States' progress toward closure of the international education gap and offers estimates of gains from 1995 to 2009 for the U.S. and 48 other countries. The report also looked at changes in student performance in 41 states between 1992 and 2011 and compares states' rates of improvement, among other items.

Based on results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 4th- and 8th-grade reading, mathematics and science, Kentucky was noted as having a 2.7 percent gain (as an average of the standard deviation) from 1992 to 2011. This ranked the state fifth among 41 states that participated in NAEP during the same time period.


1           Maryland           3.3

2           Florida               3.2

2           Delaware           3.2

3           Massachusetts    3.1

4           Louisiana           2.8

4           South Carolina   2.8

5           Kentucky           2.7

5           New Jersey        2.7