State Achievement-Level Results
In 2019, the percentage of fourth-grade public school students performing at or above the NAEP Proficient level in reading was 34 percent nationally. Across the states/jurisdictions, the percentage of public school fourth-graders performing at or above NAEP Proficient in reading ranged from 24 percent to 49 percent.
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 reading achievement levels.
Use the NAEP State Profiles Tool to compare NAEP achievement-level performance between states/jurisdictions and the nation (public) and to see trends in states/jurisdictions by NAEP achievement level.
See how percentages of fourth-grade public school students performing at or above the NAEP Proficient level in reading in each state/jurisdiction compare to the nation by clicking on the state/jurisdiction in the map.
Scroll down below the map to explore the percentage of students who performed at each of the NAEP reading achievement levels by state/jurisdiction in 2019.
In comparison to 2017, the percentages of students who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in reading in 2019 were
- higher in 1 state,
- lower in 7 states, and
- not significantly different in 44 states/jurisdictions.
The chart below lists the percentages of fourth-grade public school students performing at each of the NAEP reading achievement levels by states/jurisdictions in 2019.
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 state/jurisdiction. 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 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 nation (public).
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.
Download a one-page report containing key findings and trends in a condensed format. Reports contain overall student results, bar charts showing NAEP achievement levels, and tables displaying results by key reporting groups.