A Widening Gap

April 11, 2001 1 min read
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Below are the point changes in the gap between top- and bottom-quartile scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress for 4th grade reading, 1992-1998. The numbers shown in red indicate statistically significant changes. Down arrows represent widening gaps.

Gap between average
score of top and bottom
quartiles in 1998
Change in the gap
between 1992
and 1998
Alabama 86 2
Arizona 96 15 6
Arkansas 90 7 6
California 102 5
Colorado 80 6 6
Connecticut 75 -4
Delaware 83 0
Florida 96 13 6
Georgia 91 5 6
Hawaii 96 10 6
Iowa 76 4
Kentucky 81 3
Louisiana 88 12 6
Maine 71 7 6
Maryland 91 4
Massachusetts 75 6 6
Michigan 81 4
Minnesota 86 11 6
Mississippi 84 1
Missouri 85 10 6
New Hampshire 75 6 6
New Mexico 94 12 6
NewYork 86 2
North Carolina 81 -7 5
Oklahoma 75 5 6
Rhode Island 86 6
South Carolina 83 1
Tennessee 87 8 6
Texas 83 3
Utah 83 11 6
Virginia 82 4
West Virginia 82 3
Wisconsin 71 1
Wyoming 76 5
District of Columbia 98 10
Virgin Islands 90 5
“The Nation’s Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2000" is available on the Web at , or by calling (877) 433-7827. “Raising Achievement and Reducing Gaps: Reporting Progress Toward Goals for Achievement,” is available from the National Education Goals Panel at

A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 2001 edition of Education Week


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