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How does your state compare to NAEP proficient in math?


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

How to read this table: In 2005, 63 percent of Alabama students scored proficient or above on the state middle school math assessment. That same year, 15 percent of Alabama middle school students scored at or above proficient on NAEP-math. The difference between the percent proficient on the two tests was 48 percentage points.

  State Assessment
(Proficient Level)
NAEP
(Proficient Level)
Difference
Alabama 63 15 -48
Alaska 62 29 -33
Arizona 63 26 -37
Arkasas 33 22 -11
California 37 22 -15
Colorado 44 32 -12
Connecticut 76 35 -41
Delaware 53 30 -23
Florida 59 26 -33
Georgia 69 23 -46
Hawaii 20 18 -2
Idaho 70 30 -40
Illinois 54 29 -25
Indiana 71 30 -41
Iowa 74 34 -40
Kansas 68 34 -34
Kentucky 36 23 -13
Louisiana 7 16 9
Maine 29 30 1
Maryland 52 30 -22
Massachusetts 39 43 4
Michigan 62 29 -33
Minnesota 76 43 -33
Mississippi 53 14 -39
Missouri 16 26 10
Montana 63 36 -27
Nebraska 72 35 -37
Nevada 49 21 -28
New Hampshire na 35 na
New Jersey 62 36 -26
New Mexico 24 14 -10
New York 56 31 -25
North Carolina 84 32 -52
North Dakota na 35 na
Ohio 63 33 -30
Oklahoma 69 21 -48
Oregon 64 34 -30
Pennsylvania 63 31 -32
Rhode Island na 24 na
South Carolina 23 30 7
South Dakota 69 36 -33
Tennessee na 21 na
Texas 61 31 -30
Utah na 30 na
Vermont na 38 na
Virginia 81 33 -48
Washington 51 36 -15
West Virginia 71 18 -53
Wisconsin 73 36 -37
Wyoming 38 29 -9
    Average -26
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

© 2008 Center for Public Education

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