The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2003 and 2005 Performance in Puerto Rico

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
Mar 30, 2007
Authors
Gail P. Baxter, Martha Bleeker, Tiffany L. Waits, and Sameena Salvucci
This report for the National Center for Education Statistics presents results for the 2003 and 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics assessment for fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico. Because all jurisdictions receiving federal Title I funds are required to participate in NAEP every other year, the NAEP mathematics assessment was administered in Spanish to public school students in Puerto Rico for the first time in 2003. Results are reported in scale scores and achievement levels, and comparisons are made between Puerto Rico’s results and those of the nation. For both years, on average, fourth- and eighth-grade students in Puerto Rico scored lower than public school students in the nation. Fourth-grade female students in Puerto Rico scored significantly higher than male students in the geometry and spatial sense content area. Eighth-grade female students in Puerto Rico scored significantly higher than male students in the data analysis and probability content area.