Average NAEP math scores of public school students in grade 8,

by state: 2009

by state: 2009

Average NAEP science scores of public school students in grade 8,

by state: 2009

by state: 2009

## Main Finding

Most state averages were in the “basic” range of performance on the 8^{th} grade NAEP mathematics assessment and only Massachusetts achieved a “proficient” level score.

In 2009, the nationwide average science score of 8^{th} grade public school students was 149. Average scores for individual states ranged from a high of 162 in Montana to a low of 132 in Mississippi.

## Key Observations

- Of the 40 jurisdictions that participated in both the 2000 and 2009 mathematics assessments, 35 showed statistically significant increases over the decade.
- Since 2007, 8
^{th}grade mathematics scores increased for public school students in 15 states; nearly half of those states showing an increase were located in the West. No state showed a decline.

- States with the highest average science scores for 8
^{th}graders were concentrated in the northern United States. - Of the 47 states and jurisdictions that participated, 25 had scores that were higher than the national average and 15 had scores that were lower.