This report from the U.S. Department of Education’s IES National Center for Education Statistics describes the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the U.S. The study provides educators, policy makers, and the public with information about the academic performance in reading and mathematics of AI/AN 4th- and 8th-graders as well as their exposure to Native American culture. The overall results show that the math score gap between non-AI/AN and AI/AN students is larger than in 2005, with AI/AN students lagging behind other racial/ethnic groups at both grades. There was no significant change in average reading scores for AI/AN students compared to 2005 or 2009, although AI/AN students scored 19 points lower on average in reading than non-AI/AN students in 2011 at grade 4 and 13 points lower at grade 8.
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