In my experience, when people preface a statement with, “I’m not making excuses, but…,” you can safely bet they’re about to make excuses.

There’s been a litany of excuse-making from state education officials following the release of the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) results which show West Virginia test scores falling further behind.

The NAEP, which tests students in fourth and eighth grades, is known as “the nation’s report card.”

Our state’s report card isn’t the kind your mom is proud to stick on the refrigerator.

Only three states saw statistically significant drops in their average scores for fourth-grade math. Our decline of five points was the biggest.

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