North Carolina 4th-graders score one point above the national average on math

Fourth-graders in North Carolina on average scored 241 on a standardized math test administered last year, which is one point above the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 

The North Carolina students’ average score ranked in a tie for 18th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the fourth-graders in North Carolina who took the assessment, 82 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 41 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.

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4th-Grade Math Scores, State by State

RankJurisdictionAverage ScorePoints Above or Below Average ScoreAt or Above Basic Achievement Level (%)At or Above Proficient Achievement (%)
1Minnesota24888553
2Massachusetts24778550
2Virginia24778748
4Florida24668748
4New Jersey24668548
4Wyoming24668748
7Indiana24558447
7New Hampshire24558646
8Pennsylvania24448147
8Utah24448246
8Nebraska24448445
8Texas24448444
13Connecticut24338245
13North Dakota24338444
15Idaho24228243
15Colorado24228044
15Wisconsin24228045
18North Carolina24118241
18South Dakota24118343
18Ohio24118241
18Montana24118243
18Maine24118142
18Mississippi24118439
18Iowa24118142
25Tennessee24007940
25Washington24007939
27Kansas239-17940
27Rhode Island239-18140
27Delaware239-17939
27Kentucky239-18140
27Vermont239-18139
27Hawaii239-17840
27Maryland239-17639
34Missouri238-28039
34Georgia238-27736
34Arizona238-27737
37Illinois237-37738
37Oklahoma237-38035
37South Carolina237-37736
37New York237-37637
41Oregon236-47537
41Michigan236-47636
41Nevada236-47734
44California235-57534
44District of Columbia235-57334
46Arkansas233-77533
47Alaska232-87333
48West Virginia231-97430
48Louisiana231-97329
48New Mexico231-97229
51Alabama230-107128
Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress

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