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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 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: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced, providing important contributions to the discussion of state standards.

2015 Findings

The 2015 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 2014–15 school year, and the 2015 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. The 2015 results are also compared with 2013 results in the report.

See key findings and results tables from the 2015 report.

2015 State Mapping

Findings and Tables

See the 2015 key findings and data summary tables.

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2005-2013 Findings

For earlier reports (2005-2013), download a profile of your state, and view data tables summarizing the percentage of students at or above the NAEP Proficient ranking and the percentage of students meeting state proficiency standards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

See frequently asked questions about Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: 2015. Download a PDF for printing.

What is NAEP?
What is the Progress Report on State Proficiency Standards?
What does it mean to be Proficient?
Where do the NAEP achievement levels come from?
Why is NAEP used as the basis for comparison of state proficiency standards?
Are the NAEP standards too high?
Can achievement be compared across states?
Why does my state not appear in this report?
Why does this report not include data from previous reports?


Last updated 15 November 2018 (AA)