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Visualizing Oklahoma: NAEP Scores


October 30, 2019



The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a national survey of student achievement conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education. A representative sample of fourth and eighth graders are tested annually in the subjects of math and reading in each of the fifty states. Known as “the nation’s report card”, NAEP scores gauge student performance in the nation as a whole, as well as comparing performance among the states.

In 2019, Oklahoma ranked 42nd in the nation in 4th grade math performance, with only 35% of student scoring proficiently on the assessment. Comparatively, neighboring states Colorado and Texas tied for 14th place, with 44% of students in both states passing the exam. In 4th grade reading, Oklahoma ranked 47th in the nation. Only 29% of students scored at or above proficient on the test, whereas nationally, 34% of students exhibited proficiency in the assessment.

Oklahoma ranked 44th on the 8th grade math exam and the 8th grade reading exam, with only 26% of students exhibiting grade-level proficiency on both exams. Between 2007 and 2019, the Oklahoma pass rates for the 8th grade exams have ranged between 21% and 27% for math and between 26% and 30% for reading.

Explore NAEP passage rates by exam, year, and state using the interactive visualization below:




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