Colorado 4th-graders score two points above the national average on math

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Published Friday, January 31, 2020

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Fourth graders in Colorado on average scored 242 on a standardized math test administered last year, which is two 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 15th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the fourth graders in Colorado who took the assessment, 80 percent tested at or above the basic achievement level, while 44 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

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