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Mapping State Proficiency Standards

Since 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has compared each state's standard for proficient performance in reading and mathematics by placing the state standards onto a common scale defined by NAEP scores. This process of "state mapping" shows where each state's standards lie on the NAEP scale, providing important contributions to analysis. Learn more...
Illustration of State Mapping. If State A reports that 70 percent of its students in the NAEP sample of schools meet the state's standard for Proficient and if 70 percent of the students in the NAEP samples score higher than 241 on the NAEP scale, then 241 is the NAEP scale equivalent for that state‚Äôs standard. 

State Mapping Publications

State Mapping 2013 Cover Thumbnail Read the executive summary for the 2013 report, as well as the Commissioner's Statement for this report.Download the 2013 report PDF File  (1.32 MB) to find out more about your state.Download earlier reports:

More About State Mapping

See key findings and results tables from the 2013 report. Download your state's State Mapping Factsheet to view more findings and results. See results and a profile of your state from earlier reports: 2009, 2007, and 2005.Read about the potential effects of exclusion on mapping state proficiency standards onto NAEP scales.More information to help you understand the report is available in the State Mapping FAQs.View a table summarizing the percentage of students at or above NAEP Proficient and the percentage of students meeting state proficiency standards for 2009, 2007 or 2005.View the Commissioner's Statement about the results of the 2009 State Mapping study.View the Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2007 video.

Last updated 02 March 2017 (DS)