Reston, VA—The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued the following statement on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics and reading results.

“While these scores are extremely distressing, they are certainly not surprising,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “School leaders and educators are doing everything they can but cannot act alone. While we must remember that tests are only part of the picture, federal leaders should see these scores as a call to rebuild and fully find our education system.”

In August, the NASSP Survey of America’s School Leaders and High School Students revealed the extent of the challenges students face. Findings include:

  • Three-quarters of students (74%) report they needed help with their mental or emotional health last year;

  • Only a quarter (28%) of students “strongly agree” that their school meets the needs of LGBTQ+ students, followed by non-native English speakers (30%), students from low-income households (31%), students with learning disabilities (39%), students with physical disabilities (39%) and students of color (41%); and

  • Just 61% of students believe that the curriculum prepares them for the real world and the life they want as an adult.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.