State Average Scores

State Score Change Map
Higher fourth-grade mathematics scores in nine states/jurisdictions compared to 2017

When comparing average state/jurisdiction scores in mathematics for fourth-grade public school students in 2019 with those from 2017, the previous assessment year,

  • 9 states/jurisdictions scored higher,
  • 3 states scored lower, and
  • 40 states showed no significant change in scores.

Results for states/jurisdictions reflect the performance of students in public schools only and are reported along with the results for public school students in the nation. Note that Puerto Rico participated in the 2019 mathematics assessment; data analyses are ongoing, and results will be released later in 2019.

Of the nine states/jurisdictions that scored higher in 2019 compared to 2017, two states/jurisdictions scored higher than the national public average score, three states had average scores that were not significantly different from the national public average, and four states/jurisdictions scored lower than the national public average.

Of the three states that scored lower in 2019 than in 2017, one state scored higher than the national public average score, one state had an average score that was not significantly different from the national public average, and one state scored lower than the national public average.

Explore the interactive map below to see which states had increases or decreases and by how much. Scroll down to explore the magnitude of average score changes across states.

The table below shows the number of states/jurisdictions with score increases or decreases in 2019 and how many states/jurisdictions scored higher, lower, or not significantly different than the nation (public) in NAEP mathematics.

Number of states/jurisdictions in 2019
Change in average NAEP mathematics score between 2017 and 2019TotalHigher than nation (public)Not significantly different from nation (public)Lower than nation (public)
Score increase9234
No significant change in score40121612
Score decrease3111

To compare average mathematics scores between states/jurisdictions and the nation (public), use the NAEP State Profiles Tool.

Size of State Score Changes
Examine the magnitude of score changes

Score increases in mathematics at grade 4 ranged from 2 to 6 points for the nine states/jurisdictions that scored higher in 2019 compared to 2017. Score decreases ranged from 2 to 5 points for the three states that scored lower in 2019.

To view the extent of score changes for fourth-grade public school students in mathematics between 2019 and previous assessment years, or between other combinations of assessment years, use the drop-down menu to select the comparison years. To see whether the score change in one state/jurisdiction is statistically different from the change in another state/jurisdiction, use the NAEP State Profiles Tool. Find out how statistical significance is determined.

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Additional State Resources

State Profiles Tool

See how a state performed over time, view a state's demographics and school characteristics, download snapshot reports, and compare each state's overall performance to performance nationwide or in other states.

State Snapshots

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