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 2017, Oklahoma ranked 36th in the nation in 4th grade math performance, with only 35% of student scoring proficiently on the assessment. Comparatively, neighboring states Kansas and Colorado tied for the 15th place, with 42% of students in both states passing the exam. In 4th grade reading, Oklahoma ranked 44th in the nation, tying with Texas. In both states, only 29% of students scored at or above grade level on the test, whereas nationally, 35% of students exhibited proficiency in the assessment.
Oklahoma ranked 45th in the 8th grade math exam, with only 24% of students exhibiting grade-level proficiency, and 42nd in the nation in the 8th grade reading exam, with only 28% of students passing the test. Between 2007 and 2017, 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 graph below: