# How proficient are U.S. 4^{th} graders in math and science in each state?

Public school students reaching proficiency in 4

^{th}grade math, by state: 2011
Public school students reaching proficiency in 4

by state: 2009

^{th}grade science,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)

In 2011, 40% of 4^{th} grade public school students nationwide performed at or above the proficient level in math, an increase from 31% in 2003.

In 2009, 32% of 4^{th} grade public school students nationwide performed at or above the proficient level in science on the NAEP assessment.

## Key Observations

- Of the 51 jurisdictions that participated in both the 2003 and 2011 NAEP assessments, 50 showed significant increases in the percentage of public school 4
^{th}graders scoring at or above the proficient level in math over the period. - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and New Jersey were the only states to have more than half of their public school 4
^{th}graders reach the proficient level in math.

- Among the states, there were significant differences in the percentage of 4
^{th}grade public school students who demonstrated proficiency in science, from 17% in Mississippi to 47% in New Hampshire. - Northern states tended to have the higher percentage of 4
^{th}grade students scoring at or above proficiency in science.