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How does your state compare to NAEP basic in reading?

This table shows the percent of students scoring at the proficient level on state reading assessments compared to the percent basic on NAEP (Elementary Reading 2005).

How to read this table: In 2005, 83 percent of Alabama students scored proficient or above on the state elementary reading assessment. That same year, 53 percent of Alabama fourth-graders scored at or above basic on NAEP-reading. The difference between students precent proficient on the state assessment and students basic on the NAEP-reading was 30 percentage points.

  State Assessment
(Proficient Level)
NAEP
(Basic Level)
Difference
Alabama 83 53 -30
Alaska 78 58 -20
Arizona 68 52 -16
Arkasas 52 63 11
California 47 50 3
Colorado 64 69 5
Connecticut 67 71 4
Delaware 85 73 -12
Florida 71 65 -6
Georgia 87 58 -29
Hawaii 56 53 -3
Idaho 87 69 -18
Illinois 60 62 2
Indiana 75 64 -11
Iowa 78 67 -11
Kansas 78 66 -12
Kentucky 68 65 -3
Louisiana 21 53 32
Maine 53 71 18
Maryland 74 65 -9
Massachusetts 50 78 28
Michigan 82 63 -19
Minnesota 81 71 -10
Mississippi 89 48 -41
Missouri 35 67 32
Montana 75 71 -4
Nebraska 79 68 -11
Nevada 43 52 9
New Hampshire na 74 na
New Jersey 82 68 -14
New Mexico 52 51 -1
New York 70 69 -1
North Carolina 83 62 -21
North Dakota na 72 na
Ohio 77 69 -8
Oklahoma 83 60 -23
Oregon 81 62 -19
Pennsylvania 64 69 5
Rhode Island 67 62 -5
South Carolina 36 57 21
South Dakota 87 70 -17
Tennessee na 59 na
Texas 79 64 -15
Utah na 68 na
Vermont na 72 na
Virginia 85 72 -13
Washington 80 70 -10
West Virginia 81 61 -20
Wisconsin 82 67 -15
Wyoming 47 71 24
    Average -6
Source: Hall D. and Kennedy S. Primary Progress, Secondary Challenge (2006). Education Trust


This guide was written by Jim Hull, Policy Analyst, Center for Public Education

Special thanks to Susan Loomis, Assistant Director for Psychometrics, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB); Ray Fields, Assistant Director for Policy and Research, NAGB; and Donald Rock, Educational Researcher, ETS for their insightful feedback and suggestions. However, the opinions and any errors found within the paper are solely those of the author.

Posted: June 17, 2008

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