Education Progress

How well do U.S. 4th grade students score in math and science in each state?

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How well do U.S. 4th grade students score in math and science in each state?

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Average NAEP math scores of public school students in grade 4,
by state: 2009
Average NAEP science scores of public school students in grade 4,
by state: 2009
Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)
Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)

Main Finding

The states with the highest average mathematics scores for 4th grade public school students were concentrated primarily in the northern United States.

The average science score for 4th grade public school students in 2009 (149) was higher than in 2000 (145), but remained unchanged from 2007.

Key Observations

  • In 2009, the nationwide average mathematics score of 4th grade public school students was 239, a significant increase from 224 in 2000. This improvement occurred almost entirely during the initial portion of the decade, with no change in the nationwide average mathematics score between 2007 and 2009.
  • Of the 47 states and jurisdictions that participated in the 4th grade science assessment, 24 states had scores that were higher than the national average, 13 were not significantly different, and 10 were lower.
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