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Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on Washington’s impressive 2013 NAEP scores drawing national attention

November 13, 2013 — On Thursday, November 7, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released impressive results from the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn about the phone call he received from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan celebrating this success.

Despite an underfunded education system, our state continues to outperform most other states on national assessments. Year after year.

Our students’ high performance on the 2013 NAEP caught the attention of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He called me, personally, to congratulate our hardworking teachers and principals on a job well done:

  • Washington is one of the fastest improving states in the country.
  • We improved in every category.
  • We have made remarkable progress.

Arne Duncan’s audio clip | November 7 OSPI press release

NAEP scores:
WA Nation
2011 2013 2011 2013
4th-grade Reading 221* 225 220 221
8th-grade Reading 268* 272 264* 266
4th-grade Math 243* 246 240* 241
8th-grade Math 288 290 283* 284

*Significantly different from 2013

And it’s not just NAEP scores. We also beat the national average in SAT scores. And ACT scores. We must celebrate this success and acknowledge the good work being done in our schools. We need to make sure this news gets the attention it deserves.

And when our schools receive adequate resources to support basic education, the news will be even better.



About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 11/13/2013

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