Education Progress

How proficient are U.S. students in math and science in each state?

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How proficient are U.S. students in math and science in each state?

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Public school students reaching proficiency in 4th grade math, by state: 2009
Public school students reaching proficiency in 4th 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)

Main Finding

All 41 jurisdictions that participated in both the 2000 and 2009 NAEP assessments showed significant increases in the percentage of public school 4th graders reaching the proficient level in math in 2009.

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

Key Observations

  • Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Vermont were the only states to have more than half of their public school 4th graders reach the proficient level in math.
  • Northern states tended to have the higher 4th grade mathematics proficiency rates.
  • Among the states, there were significant differences in the percentage of 4th grade public school students who demonstrated proficiency in science, from 17% in Mississippi to 47% in New Hampshire.
  • Northern states tend to have the higher 4th grade science proficiency rates.
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