North Dakota students scored above the national average in mathematics and reading this year on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to results released last week.
In mathematics, the average score of North Dakota fourth-graders on the standardized tests they took in 2013 was 246, above the national average of 241. Forty-eight percent of fourth-graders scored as proficient or above in mathematics, while 89 percent performed at basic level or above. Black fourth-graders scored on average 10 points lower than white students in mathematics, while Hispanic students scored on average 12 points lower and American Indian students scored 24 points lower on average. Asian students scored 1 point higher than white fourth-graders. Kids who were eligible for free and reduced price lunches, based on family income, scored an average of 16 points lower than students who were not eligible for free and reduced price lunches.
Those math scores put North Dakota in the top third of the country, with three states scoring better, 33 states scoring lower, and 15 states scoring about the same as North Dakota.
In mathematics, North Dakota eighth-graders scored an average of 291 in mathematics, above the national average of 284. Forty-one percent of eighth-graders were proficient or better in 2013 and 82 percent performed at or above basic level. Black eighth-graders scored 23 points lower than white students in mathematics in North Dakota, while American Indian eighth-graders scored 29 points lower on average than white eighth-graders in the state. There weren't enough Hispanic or Asian eighth-graders for scores to be reported. Eighth-graders who were eligible for free and reduced price lunches scored 21 points below eighth-graders who weren't eligible for free and reduced price lunches.
These scores again put North Dakota in the top third of the nation. Eighth-grade math scores were lower than those of five states, higher than 35 states and about the same as 11 states.
In reading, the average score for North Dakota fourth-graders was 224, above the national average of 221. Thirty-four percent of North Dakota students were rated as proficient or better in 2013, while 73 percent were rated at basic level or above. Black fourth-graders scored 17 points lower on average than white fourth-graders; Hispanic students scored 10 points lower on average than white students; American Indian students scored 26 points lower on average than white fourth-graders. There weren't enough Asian fourth-graders to report scores. Reading scores were 17 points lower for fourth-graders who are eligible for free and reduced price lunches than those who were not.
These scores put North Dakota in the middle of the nation, behind 12 states, ahead of 21 states, and about the same as 18 states.
The average score for eighth-graders in reading was 268, above the national average of 266. Thirty-four percent of eighth-graders were ranked as proficient or above; 81 percent were ranked as at basic level or above. Black eighth-graders scored on average 16 points lower than white eighth-graders; American Indian students scored on average 21 points below white eighth-graders. There weren't enough Hispanic or Asian eighth graders to report scores. Eighth-graders eligible for free or reduced price lunches scored 19 points lower than students who were not eligible for free and reduced price lunches.
The scores put North Dakota squarely in the middle of the country, with 15 states scoring higher, 17 states scoring lower, and 19 states scoring about the same as North Dakota.
There were no significant differences in the score for North Dakota students in either category from 2011. Nationwide, the reading and math scores were up since 2011, except in reading scores of fourth graders.
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