Press Release

Ed Trust on the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the release of results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP.

“Any way you look at it, today’s NAEP results are sobering. Compared with results from 2013, scores for the nation’s low-income students and students of color mirror those of all other students: mostly flat or declining performance.

“While there may be plausible explanations for these patterns — among them the disruptions caused by the transition to new standards — any interruption of the slow but steady progress these groups have made over the past two decades is cause for great concern. With fewer than 1 in 4 low-income students and students of color meeting the proficient or advanced levels, the nation cannot afford anything less than accelerated improvement for these groups, who now make up the majority of our K-12 student body.

“Education leaders at the national, state, and local levels must do a clear-eyed assessment of what’s working and what’s not, and redouble efforts to drive improvement for all students, especially our most vulnerable.”

NOTE: The Education Trust will release an analysis of national, state, and district data later today. Please check back at or follow us on Twitter @EdTrust for up-to-date news on NAEP.


The Education Trust is a nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. Its goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people — especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian — to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.