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STATE MATH   STATE MATH
  4th graders who scored at least at "proficient" level on 1996 NAEP mathematics exam     8th graders who scored at least at "proficient" level on 1996 NAEP mathematics exam
Proficient Basic Below basic   Proficient Basic Below basic
Connecticut 31+ 44 25 Minnesota 34+ 41 25
Minnesota 29 47 24 North Dakota 33+ 44 23
Maine 27 48 25 Montana 32+ 43 25
Wisconsin 27 47 26 Wisconsin 32+ 43 25
Texas 25+ 44 31 Iowa 31+ 47 22
New Jersey 25 43 32 Maine 31 46 23
North Dakota 24 51 25 Nebraska 31+ 45 24
Indiana 24+ 48 28 Connecticut 31+ 39 30
Massachusetts 24 47 29 Alaska 30 38 32
Nebraska 24 46 30 Massachusetts 28 40 32
Utah 23 46 31 Michigan 28+ 39 33
Michigan 23 45 32 Vermont 27 45 28
Vermont 23 44 33 Oregon 26+ 41 33
Iowa 22 52 26 Washington 26 41 33
Montana 22 49 29 Colorado 25+ 42 33
Colorado 22+ 45 33 Utah 24 46 30
Maryland 22 37 41 Indiana 24+ 44 32
Washington 21 46 33 Maryland 24+ 33 43
Alaska 21 44 35 Wyoming 22+ 46 32
Oregon 21 44 35 Missouri 22 42 36
North Carolina 21+ 43 36 New York 22+ 39 39
Pennsylvania 20 48 32 Texas 21+ 38 41
Missouri 20 46 34 Virginia 21 37 42
New York 20 44 36 Rhode Island 20+ 40 40
Wyoming 19 45 36 North Carolina 20+ 36 44
West Virginia 19+ 44 37 Delaware 19+ 36 45
Virginia 19 43 38 Arizona 18+ 39 43
Rhode Island 17 44 39 Florida 17+ 37 46
Tennessee 17+ 41 42 California 17+ 34 49
Kentucky 16 44 40 Kentucky 16+ 40 44
Delaware 16 38 46 Georgia 16 35 49
Hawaii 16 37 47 Hawaii 16+ 35 49
Arizona 15 42 43 Tennessee 15 38 47
Florida 15 40 45 West Virginia 14+ 40 46
Nevada 14 43 43 New Mexico 14+ 37 49
Arkansas 13 41 46 South Carolina 14 34 52
Georgia 13 40 47 Arkansas 13+ 39 48
New Mexico 13 38 49 Alabama 12 33 55
South Carolina 12 36 52 Louisiana 7 31 62
Alabama 11 37 52 Mississippi 7 29 64
California 11 35 54 Idaho ? ? ?
Louisiana 8 36 56 Illinois ? ? ?
Mississippi 8 34 58 Kansas ? ? ?
Idaho ? ? ? Nevada ? ? ?
Illinois ? ? ? New Hampshire ? ? ?
Kansas ? ? ? New Jersey ? ? ?
New Hampshire ? ? ? Ohio ? ? ?
Ohio ? ? ? Oklahoma ? ? ?
Oklahoma ? ? ? Pennsylvania ? ? ?
South Dakota ? ? ? South Dakota ? ? ?
U.S. 20 42 38 U.S. 23 38 39

  ? indicates state does not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection.
  + indicates a statistically significant improvement since 1992 in the 4th grade and since 1990 in the 8th grade.
NOTE: States are ranked by % proficient, then by % basic; ties are listed in alphabetical order.

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(c) 1999 Editorial Projects in Education

Vol. 18, number 17, page 110-111