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Mastery Across the States

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Below is the percentage of students scoring at the "proficient" level or higher on the reading NAEP, meaning they demonstrated mastery over the challenging subject matter.

4th grade 8th grade
1998 2002 1998 2002
Nation (Public) 28 30 30 31
Alabama 24 22 22 21
Arizona 22 22 27 23
Arkansas 23 26 23 27
California+ 20 21 21 20
Colorado 33 - 30 -
Connecticut 43 43 40 37
Delaware 22* 35 23* 33
District of Columbia 10 10 11 10
Florida 22* 27 23* 29
Georgia 24* 28 25 26
Hawaii 17* 21 19 20
Idaho - 32 - 34
Indiana - 33 - 32
Iowa+# 33 35 - -
Kansas+ 34 34 36 38
Kentucky 29 30 30 32
Louisiana 17 20 17* 22
Maine 35 35 41 38
Maryland 27 30 31 32
Massachusetts 35* 47 38 39
Michigan 28 30 - 32
Minnesota+ 35 37 36 -
Mississippi 17 16 19 20
Missouri 28 32 28* 33
Montana+ 37 36 40 37
Nebraska - 34 - 36
Nevada 20 21 23 19
New Hampshire# 37 - - -
New Mexico 21 21 23 20
New York+ 29* 35 32 32
North Carolina 27* 32 30 32
North Dakota+ - 34 - 35
Ohio - 34 - 35
Oklahoma 30* 26 30 28
Oregon+ 26* 31 35 37
Pennsylvania - 34 - 35
Rhode Island 31 32 32 30
South Carolina 22 26 22 24
Tennessee+ 25 25 27 28
Texas 28 28 27 31
Utah 28* 33 31 32
Vermont - 39 - 40
Virginia 30* 37 33 37
Washington+ 30* 35 32* 37
West Virginia 28 28 28 29
Wisconsin+ 34 - 34 -
Wyoming 29 31 31 31
+ Indicates that the jurisdiction did not meet one or more of the guidelines for school participation in 2002.

* Significantly different from 2002

# Iowa and New Hampshire did not participate in 8th grade assessment.

NOTES: Comparative performance results may be affected by changes in exclusion rates for students with disabilities and limited-English- proficient students in the NAEP samples. National results presented for assessments prior to 2002 are based on the national sample, not on aggregated state assessment samples.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics

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