NAESP Statement in Response to Release of 2017 NAEP Scores

Read NAESP's response to the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Alexandria, Va.—April 11, 2018—The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) responds to the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

“The 2017 NAEP reading and math scores, while showing some gains for certain groups, indicate additional work is needed to ensure all children are proficient in mathematics and reading. This year’s NAEP results reveal that the lowest-performing students are falling behind, which should raise concerns for all in the education community,” said NAESP’s executive director, Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE. “NAESP will continue to focus efforts on elevating elementary and middle-level principals as catalysts who can bolster student performance and shape school improvement efforts.”

Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle-level principals in the United States and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy, and providing professional development and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit NAESP administers the National Principals Resource Center, the American Student Council Association, and the President’s Education Awards & American Citizenship Awards Programs.

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