Texas 4th-graders score four points above, Louisianans 9 points below, the national average on math

Fourth-graders in Texas on average scored 244 on a standardized math test administered last year, which is four points above the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

By comparison, neighboring Louisianans scored 9 points below the average.

The Texas students’ average score ranked in a tie for eighth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Louisiana students’ average score ranked in a tie for 48th among– nearly last– among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the fourth-graders in Texas who took the assessment, 84 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 44 percent tested at or above the proficient level, according to the analysis.

Among the fourth-graders in Louisiana who took the assessment, 73 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 29 percent tested at or above the proficient level, according to the analysis.

In total, fourth-graders in 15 of the jurisdictions had average scores above the national average. And 20 jurisdictions had average scores that didn’t vary significantly with the U.S. average, according to the study, while 17 posted average scores that were well below the national average.

The NAEP uses the academic results of such tests to improve public education in the U.S. The effort is carried out under the direction of the U.S. Department of Education.

4th-Grade Math Scores, State by State

Rank Jurisdiction Average Score Points Above or Below Average Score At or Above Basic Achievement Level (%) At or Above Proficient Achievement (%)
1 Minnesota 248 8 85 53
2 Massachusetts 247 7 85 50
2 Virginia 247 7 87 48
4 Florida 246 6 87 48
4 New Jersey 246 6 85 48
4 Wyoming 246 6 87 48
7 Indiana 245 5 84 47
7 New Hampshire 245 5 86 46
8 Pennsylvania 244 4 81 47
8 Utah 244 4 82 46
8 Nebraska 244 4 84 45
8 Texas 244 4 84 44
13 Connecticut 243 3 82 45
13 North Dakota 243 3 84 44
15 Idaho 242 2 82 43
15 Colorado 242 2 80 44
15 Wisconsin 242 2 80 45
18 North Carolina 241 1 82 41
18 South Dakota 241 1 83 43
18 Ohio 241 1 82 41
18 Montana 241 1 82 43
18 Maine 241 1 81 42
18 Mississippi 241 1 84 39
18 Iowa 241 1 81 42
25 Tennessee 240 0 79 40
25 Washington 240 0 79 39
27 Kansas 239 -1 79 40
27 Rhode Island 239 -1 81 40
27 Delaware 239 -1 79 39
27 Kentucky 239 -1 81 40
27 Vermont 239 -1 81 39
27 Hawaii 239 -1 78 40
27 Maryland 239 -1 76 39
34 Missouri 238 -2 80 39
34 Georgia 238 -2 77 36
34 Arizona 238 -2 77 37
37 Illinois 237 -3 77 38
37 Oklahoma 237 -3 80 35
37 South Carolina 237 -3 77 36
37 New York 237 -3 76 37
41 Oregon 236 -4 75 37
41 Michigan 236 -4 76 36
41 Nevada 236 -4 77 34
44 California 235 -5 75 34
44 District of Columbia 235 -5 73 34
46 Arkansas 233 -7 75 33
47 Alaska 232 -8 73 33
48 West Virginia 231 -9 74 30
48 Louisiana 231 -9 73 29
48 New Mexico 231 -9 72 29
51 Alabama 230 -10 71 28

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress

This is revised article first published by The Center Square.



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