NAEP results: 1998+

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) State Profiles
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is, as the name suggests, a national test that lets us know how schools are doing. While each state has its own assessments and sets its own standards for what counts as outstanding (or below-acceptable) performance, the NAEP is uniform in its categories: “proficient” in Kansas means “proficient” in other states. If you click on the link above, you’ll be taken to a page where you may select Kansas from a drop-down list of states.

A quick summary

Here’s a quick summary of how Kansas has fared over the years. Note that it started testing in math in 1998 and in reading in 2000.

Mathematics

The biggest gains, and most impressive performance, came in math.

Mathematics – Grade 4 (NAEP)Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels
2000 2003 2005 2007 2009
Scale score 232 242 246 248 245
% Below basic 24 15 12 11 11
% Basic+ 75 86 88 89 89
% Proficient+ 28 42 47 51 46
% Advanced+ 2 6 8 9 6
% Not proficient 71 59 53 49 56

There was a big jump between 2000 and 2003, but not much movement since then.

Mathematics — Grade 8Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels
2000 2003 2005 2007 2009
Scale score 283 284 284 290 289
% Below basic 24 24 23 19 21
% Basic+ 76 76 77 82 79
% Proficient+ 34 34 34 41 39
% Advanced+ 5 6 5 9 8
% Not proficient 66 66 66 59 61

Since 2003, a smaller percentage of students score proficient in grade 8 than in grade 4. And roughly 60 percent are not proficient.

Reading

What about reading scores? Not as good.

Reading – Grade 4Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels
1998 2000 2002 2003 2005 2007 2009
Scale score 221 na 222 220 220 225 224
% Below basic 30 na 32 34 34 28 28
% Basic+ 70 na 68 66 66 72 72
% Proficient+ 34 na 34 32 32 36 35
% Advanced+ 7 na 7 7 8 8 7
% Not proficient 66 na 66 68 68 64 65

Two out of three are not at grade level.

Then there’s the eighth-grade test, with roughly the same results.

Reading – Grade 8Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels
1998 2000 2002 2003 2005 2007 2009
Scale score 268 na 269 266 267 267 267
% Below basic 19 na 19 23 22 19 20
% Basic+ 81 na 81 77 78 80 80
% Proficient+ 36 na 38 35 35 35 33
% Advanced+ 2 na 3 3 3 2 2
% Not proficient 64 na 62 65 65 65 67

Clearly, there’s work to do.

NAEP schedule and components

Math and reading tests (grades 4 and 8) are administered every two years: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

The latest releases for all states (fourth and eighth grades) came in March, 2009: Reading and math.  ..

The latest release for math results (grades 4 and 8) came in October 2009, for tests given earlier in the year. The latest results for reading (grades 4 and 8 for 2009) were released in March 2010.

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