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DOD Schools Rank High in National Reading, Math Assessments

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Fourth- and eighth-grade students attending Department of Defense Education Activity schools led the nation in scoring on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading assessment and fourth-grade mathematics assessment, according to a report released today. 

Middle school students study cards on a conference table.
Student Exercise
The Army Corps of Engineers Far East District hosted Camp Humphreys Middle School students in South Korea during the Department of Defense Education Activity’s science, technology, engineering, and math career shadow day at the district's headquarters, March 21, 2019. The students were briefed by employees on their role within the district, and they participated in practical exercises and toured construction sites around Camp Humphreys.
Photo By: Antwaun Parrish, Army
VIRIN: 190321-A-FP236-002C

DODEA students ranked second in the 2019 NAEP eighth-grade mathematics assessment. This year's fourth- and eighth-grade student performance builds on DODEA's significant showing in 2017 on the NAEP reading and mathematics assessments, officials said.

The report is available at

DODEA students' average scale scores ranged from 10 to 18 percentage points higher than corresponding national average scores, and mostly increased while national average scores mostly decreased, the report showed.

"I am extremely proud of our students' performance on the 2019 NAEP reading and mathematics assessments," said DODEA Director Thomas M. Brady. "The dedication and hard work of our teachers and administrators, along with the implementation of a rigorous College and Career Ready Curriculum improved on the already impressive performance by DODEA students on the 2017 NAEP."

Children play at a school playground.
Playground Fun
Children of Navy personnel stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, play during recess at the Sullivans Elementary School, the largest Department of Defense Education Activity school in the Pacific District.
Photo By: DOD photo
VIRIN: 141010-O-ZZ999-1111
Navy ship commanding officer speaks to students.
Devastator Lessson
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Billy Green, commanding officer of the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator, speaks with children from Department of Defense Education Activity Bahrain before their tour aboard the ship at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, May 26, 2019.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Yarborough
VIRIN: 190526-N-JO245-1004C

Brady added that in 2019, DODEA had the highest performance among black and Hispanic students of any state or jurisdiction. 

"This resulted in us having the smallest statistical gaps in average score between white and black or white and Hispanic students on the NAEP," he said. 

Given this continuing success, Brady added, DODEA believes its commitment to providing a world-class education to military-connected students, along with the Defense Department's commitment to families," will allow continued focus on emphasizing equity in its strategic plan and eventually eliminating achievement gaps in its system."

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas, DODEA officials said. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography and U.S. history.

Close-up profile photo of a saxophonist’s face as she rests.
Jazz Seminar
Saxophonist Sarah Steersrests during a Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe jazz seminar at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 10, 2017. The 32 student musicians from across DODEA-Europe squeezed 18 rehearsals into fewer than four days.
Photo By: Michael B. Keller, Stars and Stripes
VIRIN: 011017-O-ZZ999-2222

NAEP does not provide scores for individual students or schools. Instead, it offers results regarding subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences and school environment for populations of students, such as fourth graders and groups within those populations, such as Hispanic students. NAEP results are based on a sample of student populations of interest, officials said.

(From a Department of Defense Education Activity news release.)

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