Largest Study of American Indian Students Shows Mixed Results
March 20, 2017
The good news is that Alaska Native and American Indian students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) held steady from 2005 to 2015, in contrast to scores for all students, which dipped slightly between 2013 and 2015, according to Jamie Deaton, project director for the National Indian Education Study 2015 (NIES) released March 7.
The bad news is that scores for American Indian students are lower than those for most other racial/ethnic groups, even with the dip, For example, AI/AN fourth-grade readers scored 205, the lowest of any group, compared with 241 for Asians, 232 for whites, and 206 for blacks. At the eighth-grade level, American Indian students scored 252 in reading, compared with 281 for Asians, 274 for whites and 248 for blacks.