According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, American students’ performance in math and reading is declining, accompanied by education cuts and calls for decreased spending from Republicans.

As the Huffington Post reports:

The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP — called the Nation’s Report Card — is an exam given to fourth-grade and eighth-grade students throughout the country by the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education. While students’ scores have increased overall since the 1990s, results released Wednesday show a slight decline between 2013 and 2015.

The decline in scores also comes as Common Core State Standards are beginning to be implemented in many states.

“Educators throughout this country have been doing the heavy lifting of some of the biggest changes our schools have seen in decades, retooling their classroom practice to come up to speed with new and higher standards that the large majority of states have adopted,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

For more on this, read the article from the Huffington Post titled: “American Kids Have Disappointing Reading And Math Scores, But There Are Some Bright Spots.