Center on Education Policy report: State Test Scores Start Lagging in High School

Author(s): Jennifer McMurrer and Nancy Kober
Published: October 5, 2011

This report examines testing data from 40 states and the District of Columbia from 2002 through 2009 and finds that while high school scores on state English language arts and math tests rose in most states, smaller proportions of states made gains in high school compared with 4th and 8th grades. State testing data also show a lack of progress and widening gaps between various groups of high school students at the advanced level in many states.

“These trends show that progress in raising achievement is lagging in high school, so these students may not be adequately prepared for life after graduation,” said Jennifer McMurrer, CEP research associate and co-author of the study.

Sources: CEP and Jessica Brown –

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