Wyoming 4th and 8th grade students who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in February and March of 2013 achieved results above the national average in both reading and math.
Only three states outperformed Wyoming’s 4th grade students in math, while 34 states had scores lower than Wyoming’s. In 8th grade math, seven states delivered scores higher than Wyoming’s students and 29 states had scores below Wyoming’s. Results for reading followed this trend with only six states doing better than Wyoming’s 4th graders and only seven states with scores above Wyoming’s 8th graders. Reading scores in 30 and 32 states were lower than Wyoming’s 4th and 8th graders’ respectively.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is the largest continuous assessment of American students’ academic achievement. Testing in reading and math for students in grades 4 and 8 is required every two years under the No Child Left Behind Act. While NAEP results allow for subject specific comparisons across the country and over time, scores are not provided for individual students or schools. In fact, per federal law, student names are not collected. Instead, NAEP combines the responses for each demographic group to report the results for that group.