Nationally representative samples of about 187,000 fourth-graders, 170,000 eighth-graders, and 46,000 twelfth-graders participated in the 2013 NAEP mathematics assessment. Results are reported for public and private school students in the nation and for public school students in states where sample sizes were large enough to report on individual state performance. At each grade, students responded to questions designed to measure what they know and can do across five mathematics content areas: number properties and operations; measurement; geometry; data analysis, statistics, and probability; and algebra.
At grades 4 and 8, average mathematics scores in 2013 were 1 point higher than in 2011, and 28 or 22 points higher respectively in comparison to the first assessment year in 1990.
- Hispanic students at both grades made 2-point gains since 2011. Eighth-grade Asian/Pacific Islander students and American Indian/Alaska Native students made 4-point gains.
- Compared to 2011, higher percentages of students at both grades are performing at the Advanced level.
At grade 12, the average mathematics score in 2013 was unchanged from the last twelfth-grade assessment in 2009, but higher than in 2005.
- White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander twelfth-graders all scored higher in 2013 than in 2005.
- A higher percentage of students performed at the Proficient level in 2013 than in 2005.
At grades 4 and 8, results are available for students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools.
- Average mathematics scores were higher in 2013 than in 2011 for 16 states at grade 4 and for 7 states at grade 8, with students in Hawaii, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense schools showing gains at both grades.
At grade 12, results are available for 13 states in 2013 and 11 states in 2009.
- Average mathematics scores were higher in 2013 than in 2009 for twelfth-graders in Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, and West Virginia.
See the national/state results for grades 4 and 8.
See the national/state results for grade 12.
- Compared to 2011, average mathematics scores were higher in the District of Columbia (DCPS) and in Los Angeles at both grades. Scores were lower in Houston at grade 4. Scores were higher in Baltimore City, Dallas, and Fresno at grade 8.
See the 2013 TUDA results.