© 2023 WUGA | University of Georgia
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

New data shows Georgia students reading at pre-pandemic levels

Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP

New results from “the nation’s report card” show that Georgia fourth and eighth graders stand about on par with their pre-pandemic performance in reading, but eighth-grade math scores dropped from pre-pandemic levels.

The National Association for Education Statistics administers the reading and math tests every other year to fourth and eighth graders in sample schools across the country. The last time the tests were administered was in 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results, out this week, show how students are faring after major disruptions to school over the past several years. The Georgia results on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests show that average fourth grade reading and math scores and eighth grade reading scores hovered around pre-pandemic rates.

Though Georgia’s average scores for these three tests are a few points lower than in 2019, the differences are “not significantly different."