AASA Issues Statement on Latest NAEP Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-774-6953
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – September 1, 2022 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “Nation’s Report Card” which is showing steep declines in math and reading scores among 9-year-olds across the U.S.

“This report is disappointing, yet the factors contributing to the findings are not surprising given what the education landscape has looked like over the past two-and-a-half years. The exodus of education leaders from the profession during the pandemic is unprecedented. The alarming educator shortage, which has plagued our communities even before the outbreak, continues to be felt in our communities. The lack of mental health personnel in schools reduces the ability for students to access social and emotional supports. What’s more, the continued threat of gun violence in our school environments adds to the stress of what our schools are supposed to be—a safe place to learn.

“We are encouraged that districts we’ve surveyed will continue to prioritize investments in expanding summer learning and enrichment offerings, adding specialist staff such as mental health personnel and reading specialists and investing in high-quality instructional materials and curriculum.

“We urge Congress to move swiftly to extend the obligation deadline for American Rescue Plan funding to ensure students benefit from the additional staff and additional access to instructional programming they so desperately need. The road map for success for ARP is long, and implementation work will continue to require candid communication between Congress, the administration and school system leaders.” 

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.