State Average Scores
State Score Change Map
Lower fourth-grade reading scores in 30 states/jurisdictions compared to 2019
When comparing state/jurisdiction average scores in reading for fourth-grade public school students in 2022 with those from 2019, the previous assessment year,
- no states/jurisdictions scored higher;
- 30 states/jurisdictions scored lower; and
- 22 states/jurisdictions had 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.
Explore the interactive map below to see which states/jurisdictions saw increases or decreases and by how much. Scroll down to explore the magnitude of average score changes across states/jurisdictions.
2019 and 2022
The table below shows the number of states/jurisdictions with score increases or decreases in 2022 and how many states/jurisdictions scored higher, lower, or not significantly different than the nation (public) in NAEP reading.
|Number of states/jurisdictions in 2022
|Change in average NAEP reading score between 2019 and 2022
|Higher than nation (public)
|Not significantly different from nation (public)
|Lower than nation (public)
|No significant change in score
To compare average reading 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
In the 30 states/jurisdictions where scores were lower in 2022 than 2019, the size of the score changes ranged from 3 to 10 points.
To view score changes for fourth-grade public school students in reading between 2022 and previous assessment years, or between other combinations of assessment years, use the drop-down menu to select a comparison year. To see whether the score change in one state/jurisdiction is statistically different from the score 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.