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Mapping State Proficiency Standards

Illustration of State Mapping.

Since 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has compared each state's standard for proficient performance in reading and mathematics at grades 4 and 8 by placing the state standards onto a common scale of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This process of "state mapping" shows where each state's standards falls on the NAEP scale and in relation to the NAEP achievement levels: NAEP Basic, NAEP Proficient, and NAEP Advanced, providing important contributions to the discussion of state standards.

Explore 2017 Findings

The 2017 report summarizes the results of applying a methodology for mapping state proficiency standards onto the NAEP scales. This analysis used state public school data for the 2016–17 school year, and the 2017 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. The 2017 results are also compared with 2007 results (to show longer- term trends) and 2015 results (to show more immediate changes) in the report. This report also analyzed the standards of proficient performance of the three major testing programs: ACT Aspire (ACT), The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

See 2017 State Mapping Findings and Data Tables.

Frequently Asked Questions

See frequently asked questions about Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: 2017.

What is NAEP?
What is the Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales report?
Why is NAEP used as the basis for comparison of state proficiency standards?
Where do the NAEP achievement levels come from?
What does it mean to be Proficient in NAEP?
Are the NAEP standards too high?
Does this report compare achievement across states?
Why does my state not appear in this report?

Why does this report compare results from 2017 with results from 2007 an 2015?
How is a state’s proficiency standard determined to be in a NAEP achievement level range?
Is it possible for a state’s NAEP equivalent scores for one year to be statistically different from its scores for another year?

Last updated 12 August 2019 (DS)