Gov. Doug Ducey is touting a national assessment that says Arizona schools made steady progress from 2005-2017 for fourth- and eighth-grade students in reading and math. Despite that, the state remains below the national average in student proficiency

The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, gives a snapshot of how students are doing in each state every two years. Christine Thompson is the president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, a nonpartisan education organization. She says the news is good and should be celebrated, but that it’s important to remember how far behind the state is and how much still needs to be done.

“If we look at the NAEP statistics, at the U.S. average, to have only 35% of students in fourth and

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