State Average Scores
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.
2017 and 2019
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 2019||Total||Higher than nation (public)||Not significantly different from nation (public)||Lower than nation (public)|
|No significant change in score||40||12||16||12|
To compare average mathematics scores between states/jurisdictions and the nation (public), use the NAEP State Profiles Tool.
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.
Additional State Resources
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.
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