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.
The biggest gains, and most impressive performance, came in math.
|Mathematics – Grade 4 (NAEP)Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels|
|% Below basic||24||15||12||11||11|
|% 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|
|% Below basic||24||24||23||19||21|
|% 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.
What about reading scores? Not as good.
|Reading – Grade 4Scale scores and percentage of students inSpecific achievement levels|
|% Below basic||30||na||32||34||34||28||28|
|% 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|
|% Below basic||19||na||19||23||22||19||20|
|% 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