2009 NAEP reading scores are out, showing Kentucky students reading above national average, by a statistically significant margin, in both fourth and eighth grade.
There's more. From 2007 to 2009, only three states showed significant fourth grade improvement, and only nine states showed significant eight grade improvement. One state, one and only one, improved at both levels: Kentucky!
And more. The Prichard Committee has urged Kentucky to move its educational system into the top 20 in the country by 2020. In reading, we've arrived. In fourth grade, we're tied for ninth, and in eighth grade, we're tied for sixteenth.
For all the educators, parents, students, and leaders who made this happen for Kentucky, this warrants a one minute pause to celebrate--followed (of course) by getting back to work on moving achievement even higher.