California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas have the five largest public school systems in the nation. Fourth- and eighth-grade public school students in these Mega-States usually scored lower than or not significantly different from their peers in the nation in the most recent NAEP assessments in reading, mathematics, and science, with the following exceptions:
- Florida fourth-graders scored higher than the nation in reading.
- New York fourth-graders scored higher than the nation in reading.
- Illinois eighth-graders scored higher than the nation in reading.
- Texas eighth-graders scored higher than the nation in math and science.
As policymakers and educators
look at the nation’s changing demographics and
explore ways to close achievement gaps, the educational
progress of children in these states is of interest far
beyond their state borders. That’s why the National
Center for Education Statistics and the National Assessment Governing Board focused this special report on
educational outcomes in the five largest states.
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SOURCE: Data from 2010 U.S. Census: http://www.census.gov/2010census/.
Common Core of Data, 2010-2011 school years (non-adjudicated), U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1990, 2003, and 2011 Mathematics Assessments.
Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2009-2010.
Explore the 2011 Mega-States Report
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- Read the statement from Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Read the National Assessment Governing Board's news release.
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The National Assessment of Educational Progress frameworks serve as the blueprints for each assessment, describing the specific skills that should be assessed.