Colorado 4th-graders score five points above the national average on reading

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Published Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fourth-graders in Colorado on average scored 225 on a standardized reading test administered last year, which is five points above the 2019 national average calculated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 

The Colorado students' average score ranked in a tie for fourth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the fourth-graders in Colorado who took the assessment, 71 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 40 percent tested at or above the proficient level, according to the analysis.

In total, fourth-graders in 17 of the jurisdictions had average scores above the national average. And 23 jurisdictions had average scores that didn't vary significantly with the U.S. average, according to the study, while 12 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 Reading 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

Massachusetts

231

12

76

45

2

New Jersey

227

8

72

42

2

Wyoming

227

7

73

41

4

Utah

225

6

72

40

4

Colorado

225

5

71

40

4

Florida

225

5

70

38

7

Connecticut

224

5

70

40

7

New Hampshire

224

5

71

38

7

Virginia

224

4

69

38

10

Pennsylvania

223

4

68

40

10

Idaho

223

3

69

37

12

Minnesota

222

3

69

38

12

Nebraska

222

3

69

37

12

South Dakota

222

3

69

36

12

Ohio

222

3

68

36

12

Vermont

222

2

68

37

12

Indiana

222

2

67

37

12

Montana

222

2

69

36

19

North Carolina

221

2

67

36

19

Maine

221

2

67

36

19

North Dakota

221

2

69

34

19

Kentucky

221

1

67

35

19

Iowa

221

1

68

35

24

Rhode Island

220

1

66

35

24

Maryland

220

0

64

35

24

Wisconsin

220

0

66

36

24

Washington

220

0

65

35

24

New York

220

0

66

34

29

Mississippi

219

0

65

32

29

Kansas

219

0

66

34

29

Tennessee

219

0

66

35

32

Michigan

218

-1

64

32

32

Illinois

218

-1

64

34

32

Missouri

218

-1

64

34

32

Georgia

218

-1

63

32

32

Oregon

218

-2

64

34

32

Delaware

218

-2

62

33

32

Nevada

218

-2

64

31

32

Hawaii

218

-2

63

34

40

California

216

-3

63

32

40

Oklahoma

216

-3

63

29

40

Texas

216

-3

61

30

40

South Carolina

216

-3

61

32

40

Arizona

216

-4

61

31

45

Arkansas

215

-4

62

31

46

District of Columbia

214

-5

57

30

47

West Virginia

213

-6

60

30

48

Alabama

212

-8

58

28

49

Louisiana

210

-10

55

26

50

New Mexico

208

-12

53

24

51

Alaska

204

-15

53

25

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress

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