State Average Scores

State Score Comparisons
Compare a state/jurisdiction's reading score to that of other states/jurisdictions in 2017

Select a state/jurisdiction using the drop-down menu to see how its average score compares to the national average for public schools and other states/jurisdictions. States/jurisdictions are grouped in relation to whether they scored higher than, not significantly different from, or lower than the selected focal state/jurisdiction. Use the NAEP State Profiles Tool to perform further comparisons of states/jurisdictions based on student group performance.

Select a Focal Jurisdiction

State Score Change Map
Fourth-grade reading scores lower in 9 states/jurisdictions compared to 2015

When comparing state/jurisdiction average scores in reading for fourth-grade public school students in 2017 with those from 2015, the previous assessment year,

  • no states/jurisdictions scored higher,
  • 9 states/jurisdictions scored lower, and
  • 43 states/jurisdictions had no significant change in scores.

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

Size of State Score Changes
Examine the magnitude of score changes

To view the extent of score changes for fourth-grade public school students in reading between 2017 and previous assessment years, use the drop-down menu to select a comparison year. The results will show the size of the score change between the selected comparison year and 2017 for each state/jurisdiction. 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.

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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

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.