The nation’s report card shows reading and math test scores took a steep decline among K-12 public schools across the country, including in Missouri, from 2019 to 2022. Missouri fourth-grade math scores declined by eight points, while eighth-grade math scores declined by nine points. Reading scores among fourth graders are down 25 points, while eighth graders saw a decline of five points. Missouri Board of Education Vice President Carol Hallquist indicates what she thinks led to the declines.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress information is based upon sampling from 100 Missouri schools.