District Achievement-Level Results

NAEP Achievement-Level Map
Between 38 and 87 percent of fourth-graders performed at or above NAEP Basic in mathematics across TUDA districts

In 2019, across the participating Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts, the percentage of fourth-grade public school students who performed at or above NAEP Basic in mathematics ranged from 38 percent to 87 percent. The percentage of fourth-grade public school students who performed at or above the NAEP Basic level in mathematics was 80 percent nationally and 74 percent for the large city average.

The percentage of students who performed at or above NAEP Proficient in mathematics ranged from 6 percent to 49 percent across the districts in 2019. The percentage of fourth-grade students who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in mathematics was 40 percent nationally and 34 percent for the large city average.

NAEP achievement levels are performance standards that describe what students should know and be able to do. Results are reported as percentages of students performing at or above three achievement levels (NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced). Students performing at or above the NAEP Proficient level on NAEP assessments demonstrate solid academic performance and competency over challenging subject matter. It should be noted that the NAEP Proficient achievement level does not represent grade-level proficiency as determined by other assessment standards (e.g., state or district assessments). NAEP achievement levels are to be used on a trial basis and should be interpreted and used with caution. Find out more about the NAEP mathematics achievement levels.

See how the percentage of fourth-grade public school students performing at or above the NAEP Proficient level in mathematics in each TUDA district compares to the nation (public) or the large city average by selecting that district on the map.

Scroll down below the map to explore the percentages of fourth-grade students who performed at each of the mathematics NAEP achievement levels for participating TUDA districts in 2019.

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NAEP achievement-level setting is based on the judgments of a broadly representative panel of teachers, education specialists, and members of the general public. The authorizing legislation for NAEP requires that the achievement levels be used on a trial basis until the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) determines that the achievement levels are reasonable, valid, and informative to the public (20 USC § 9622(e)(2)(C)). The NCES Commissioner’s determination is to be based on a congressionally mandated, rigorous, and independent evaluation. The latest evaluation of the achievement levels was conducted by a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2016. The evaluation concluded that further evidence should be gathered to determine whether the achievement levels are reasonable, valid, and informative. Accordingly, the NCES Commissioner determined that the trial status of the achievement levels should be maintained at this time. Read more about how NAEP achievement levels are set. In 2018, the National Assessment Governing Board issued a revised Policy Statement clarifying that the NAEP Proficient level is not intended to reflect grade-level performance expectations but is specific to performance on NAEP assessments. Read the Governing Board Policy Statement.

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Comparison between districts and large city of the percentages of fourth-grade public school students performing at or above NAEP Proficient in NAEP mathematics: 2019
Click on any district to see the percentage of students at or above NAEP Proficient compared to reference jurisdictions
DCPS = District of Columbia Public Schools. Large city includes public school students from all cities in the nation with populations of 250,000 or more including the participating districts. NAEP achievement levels are to be used on a trial basis and should be interpreted and used with caution.
District Results by NAEP Achievement Levels
Explore TUDA district results across all NAEP achievement levels

The chart below lists the percentages of fourth-grade public school students who performed at each of the NAEP mathematics achievement levels for participating TUDA districts in 2019.

  • 6 districts had a higher percentage of students performing at or above NAEP Proficient than the large city average.
  • 10 districts had a lower percentage of students performing at or above NAEP Proficient than the large city average.

Set the baseline at either NAEP Basic or NAEP Proficient to see the percentages of students performing at or above that NAEP achievement level in each TUDA district and set the focal jurisdiction to either large city or nation (public). Click "Show NAEP achievement-level details" to see how the percentages of fourth-grade students at each of the NAEP achievement levels compare to the large city average or nation (public). Click "Hide NAEP achievement-level details" to see how the percentages of students at or above the selected baseline NAEP achievement level compare to the large city average or to the nation (public).

Additional District Resources

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