Rhode Island eighth graders inched upwards on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2013. The standardized test of English and Mathematics, often called "the Nation's Report Card," is administered to groups of 4th and 8th graders around the country.
Rhode Island, like the country on average, has seen scores improve since the early 1990's. Overall, the state's students scored at or slightly above than the national average in 2013.
Fourth graders in Rhode Island showed no significant change between 2011 and 2013, but eighth graders made small gains, improving by one point in Math and two points in reading.
Despite the slight increase, Rhode Island still has the lowest scores in New England. Students in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine all scored higher in both Math and reading at both grade levels.