The Texas NAEP scores are a wake up call for all Texans

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores released Wednesday show the performance of Texas students has declined or is stagnant in numerous categories. Texas 2036 CEO Margaret Spellings, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush, released the following statement Wednesday in response to the scores:

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“The Texas NAEP scores are a wake up call for all Texans. Where Texas once led the nation in educating diverse students, our scores in the most important subjects have either fallen or stagnated. Sadly, we are not alone. Scores for most states show these same trends and we must return to a focus on early reading and higher standards.
“The NAEP is a highly credible, critical check on the progress of our schools and our state accountability system. While the data in these scores is disappointing, it can point our state toward improvement. Fortunately, the Legislature made needed reforms and investments in education, and specifically reading instruction, earlier this year. Hopefully, the next round of NAEP scores will show that those initiatives have helped put Texas back on the right track.”
 — Texas 2036 CEO Margaret Spellings