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Table 4: The proficiency debate

This table shows the percent of students scoring at the proficient level on state math assessments compared to the percent basic on NAEP-math (Middle School Math 2005).

How to read this table: In 2005, 63 percent of Alabama students scored proficient on the middle school math assessment. That same year, 53 percent of Alabama eighth-graders scored at or above basic on NAEP-math. The difference between students precent proficient on the state assessment and students basic on the NAEP-reading was 10 percentage points.

  State Assessment
(Proficient Level)
NAEP
(Basic Level)
Difference
Alabama 63 53 -10
Alaska 62 69 7
Arizona 63 64 1
Arkasas 33 64 31
California 37 57 20
Colorado 44 70 26
Connecticut 76 70 -6
Delaware 53 72 19
Florida 59 65 6
Georgia 69 62 -7
Hawaii 20 56 36
Idaho 70 73 3
Illinois 54 68 14
Indiana 71 74 3
Iowa 74 75 1
Kansas 68 77 9
Kentucky 36 64 28
Louisiana 7 59 52
Maine 29 74 45
Maryland 52 66 14
Massachusetts 39 80 41
Michigan 62 68 6
Minnesota 76 79 3
Mississippi 53 52 -1
Missouri 16 68 52
Montana 63 80 17
Nebraska 72 75 3
Nevada 49 60 11
New Hampshire na 77 na
New Jersey 62 74 12
New Mexico 24 53 29
New York 56 70 14
North Carolina 84 72 -12
North Dakota na 81 na
Ohio 63 74 11
Oklahoma 69 63 -6
Oregon 64 72 8
Pennsylvania 63 72 9
Rhode Island na 63 na
South Carolina 23 71 48
South Dakota 69 80 11
Tennessee na 61 na
Texas 61 72 11
Utah na 71 na
Vermont na 78 na
Virginia 81 75 -6
Washington 51 75 24
West Virginia 71 60 -11
Wisconsin 73 76 3
Wyoming 38 76 38
    Average 14
Source: Hall D. and Kennedy S. Primary Progress, Secondary Challenge (2006). Education Trust

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