New data: Nation's students regressing in math and reading

American students are regressing in math and reading, according to data released Wednesday on the Nation's Report Card.

In math, scores in 2015 are lower in both fourth and eighth grade than they were in 2013, the last time the test was administered. Despite earlier gains, math scores are back where they were when President Obama took office in 2009. Only four out of 10 fourth graders are proficient or better in math, same as in 2009. Among eighth graders, only three in 10 are proficient or better, same as in 2009.

In reading, 2015 scores are significantly lower for eighth graders, while the change in scores for fourth graders was negligible. For both grades, scores are only slightly higher than they were in 2009. Only one in three students are proficient or better in reading in both the fourth and eighth grades, slightly better than in 2009.

Despite the stagnation, scores for both math and reading are better than they were in the early 1990s when the first test for the Nation's Report Card was given. The average math score is seven percent better in eighth grade and 13 percent better in fourth grade. Average reading scores have improved by only 2 and 3 percent for eighth and fourth graders.

Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com