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NAEP Results Highlight the Continued Impact of the Pandemic and Need for Immediate Change   

NEA President: NAEP scores are only one piece of a complex puzzle
Published: October 25, 2022

This week, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation’s Report Card, released results from the 2022 Reading and Mathematics assessments for Grades 4 and 8.  

The following can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle: 

“While some will try to cherry-pick the NAEP results to serve their own political agenda, we know that student success should not be politicized. The results confirm what educators have been sounding the alarm about for more than two years: the pandemic exacerbated existing gaps in opportunity and learning experiences between white students and students of color, as well as between well-funded schools and chronically underfunded ones. The impacts were also felt by our English language learners and students with disabilities.  

“To accelerate student learning and truly close opportunity gaps, our public schools require sustained and equitable resources that meet the unique needs of the communities and students they serve. NAEP scores are only one piece of a complex puzzle. We should view these scores alongside indicators that tell us about student learning conditions and life experiences so we can identify how to best support student success.” 

To learn more about NAEP and to view the results, visit NAEP Report Cards - Home ( 

Read NEA’s solutions to mitigate the teacher shortage crisis. 

You can also check out NEA’s Principles for the Future of Assessment.  

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.