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THE TEST THAT TELLS THE TALE OF TRUTH (Nation’s Report Card 2015)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.” (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/) Webster defines “proficient” as “good at doing something.” (http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/proficient)
2015 results:
For mathematics in grade 4, the percentage of students at or above Proficient, was 33. WV was 7 percentage points below the national average.
(http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#mathematics/state/acl?grade=4)
Eighth graders West Virginia students ranked at 21 percent Proficient in math and were 12 below the National Average. (http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#mathematics/state/acl?grade=8)
For reading for grade 4, the Proficient score was 3o, 5 points below the national average. (http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#reading/state/acl?grade=4)
Eighth graders West Virginia students ranked at 27 Proficient in reading, still 5 points below the national average. (http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#reading/state/acl?grade=8)
Using scale scores (http://www.ets.org/Media/Research/pdf/RD_Connections16.pdf):
The NAEP Scale Score range is 0500.
Only four states were worse than WV (235) in 4th grade math.
(http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#mathematics/state/comparisons/WV?grade=4)
Only two states were worse than WV (271) in 8th grade math.
(http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#mathematics/state/comparisons/WV?grade=8)
Only two states were worse than WV (216) in 4th grade reading.
(http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#reading/state/comparisons/WV?grade=4)
Only five states were worse than WV (267) in 8th grade reading.
(https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/mathematics/achieveall.asp)
More details about the NAEP categories are located at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/mathematics/achieveall.asp
Other informative links:
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/mathematics/
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/
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