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How does your state compare to NAEP proficient in reading?


This table shows the percent of students scoring at or above proficient on state reading assessments compared to the percent proficient or above 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, 22 percent of Alabama fourth-graders scored at or above proficient on NAEP-reading. The difference between the percent proficient on the two tests was 61 percentage points.

  State Assessment
(Proficient Level)
NAEP
(Proficient Level)
Difference
Alabama 83 22 -61
Alaska 78 27 -51
Arizona 68 24 -44
Arkansas 52 30 -22
California 47 21 -26
Colorado 64 37 -27
Connecticut 67 38 -29
Delaware 85 34 -51
Florida 71 30 -41
Georgia 87 26 -61
Hawaii 56 23 -33
Idaho 87 33 -54
Illinois 60 29 -31
Indiana 75 30 -45
Iowa 78 33 -45
Kansas 78 32 -46
Kentucky 68 31 -37
Louisiana 21 20 -1
Maine 53 35 -18
Maryland 74 32 -42
Massachusetts 50 44 -6
Michigan 82 32 -50
Minnesota 81 38 -43
Mississippi 89 18 -71
Missouri 35 33 -2
Montana 75 36 -39
Nebraska 79 34 -45
Nevada 43 21 -22
New Hampshire na 39 na
New Jersey 82 37 -45
New Mexico 52 20 -32
New York 70 33 -37
North Carolina 83 29 -54
North Dakota na 35 na
Ohio 77 34 -43
Oklahoma 83 25 -58
Oregon 81 29 -52
Pennsylvania 64 36 -28
Rhode Island 67 30 -37
South Carolina 36 26 -10
South Dakota 87 33 -54
Tennessee na 27 na
Texas 79 29 -50
Utah na 34 na
Vermont na 28 na
Virginia 85 37 -48
Washington 80 36 -44
West Virginia 81 26 -55
Wisconsin 82 33 -49
Wyoming 47 34 -13
    Average -39
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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